Did the Akan resort to abortion in pre-colonial Ghana? Some Conjectures

  title={Did the Akan resort to abortion in pre-colonial Ghana? Some Conjectures},
  author={Wolf Bleek},
  pages={121 - 131}
  • W. Bleek
  • Published 1 January 1990
  • History
  • Africa
Opening Paragraph In his survey of abortion in 400 pre-industrial societies, Devereux (1955: 161) concludes: …there 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 impelled to abort. Where the universality of abortion is equated with the urge to abort, one can hardly disagree with such a statement. The question, however, of whether or not abortion ever… 

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