When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973
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"A brilliant account of the era before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. . . .A model of social history, supported by a spectacular wealth of documentary evidence. . . .This well-written book is a stellar, complex, and accessible volume that will stand as the definitive history for years to come."--Rickie Solinger, "The San Francisco Chronicle "
"The first to span the whole period of criminalization and to cover the subject in such depth. . . .Important and original, vigorously written. . . .Rich, thought-provoking, and revelatory."--Katha Pollitt, "The Atlantic "
"Essential."--Frank Rich, "New York Times "
"For those who take abortion for granted, Reagan's work is an eye-opener."--Publishers Weekly
"Reagan brings a new perspective to the history of illegal abortion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."--Jane Hodgson, "Journal of the American Medical Association "