Abortion and medicine: A sociopolitical history

  title={Abortion and medicine: A sociopolitical history},
  author={C. Joffe},
  • C. Joffe
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • “(T)here is every indication that abortion is an absolutely universal phenomenon, and that it is impossible even to construct an imaginary social system in which no woman would ever feel at least compelled to abort [1].” So concluded an anthropologist after an exhaustive review of materials from 350 ancient and preindustrial societies. Beyond the stark fact of its universality, abortion throughout history exhibits a number of other distinctive features. First is the willingness on the part of… CONTINUE READING
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