By John Keown
Starting from the start of the 19th century to the Eighties, this publication makes a speciality of the evolution of the legislations and scientific perform of abortion in England. Little educational consciousness has hitherto been given to the improvement and scope of abortion legislation in England, the formative impact of the clinical occupation, and the impression of the legislation on scientific perform. for this reason, Dr Keown considers the functionality of abortion by means of medical professionals, and the impact the clinical career had at the limit of the legislations within the 19th century and on its rest within the 20th. The ebook doesn't deal at once with the felony prestige of the unborn baby, the rights and tasks of its mom and dad and of the medical professionals inquisitive about the supply of abortion or the query of the desirability of reform. really, adopting a socio-legal standpoint, it considers what the scope of the prohibition of abortion has been and makes a speciality of facets impact at the evolution of that prohibition, and perform thereunder.
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This is possibly accounted for by the relative uncertainty inherent in proving attempted abortion Lord Ellenborough's Act 19 in the early stages of pregnancy and the popular belief that abortion procured before quickening did not destroy a human being. The addition of this new clause indicates that the House paid particular attention to the crime of abortion, and the fact that the drafting of the clause differed materially from that of cl. 1 suggests that someone other than the Bill's sponsor was responsible for its introduction.
In 1810, for example, the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal announced: 'During no period of gestation does any sudden revolution or change take place; and what is called quickening, is merely the motions of the child becoming sensible to the mother'. 30 In the same year, an alternative explanation of the phenomenon was put forward. It was suggested that the sensation experienced by the mother might be due not to fetal motion but to a sudden rising of 32 Anti-abortion Acts and doctors 1803-1861 the uterus from the pelvic to the abdominal cavity.
110 An editorial later in the year lamented that the law did not require the registration of either stillbirths or premature births who did not survive. It asked: Who can calculate the fearful extent to which embryonic life is sacrificed? 111 The prevalence of these 'widespread and systematic atrocities' was glimpsed from time to time when the woman herself fell victim. 112 44 Anti-abortion Acts and doctors 1803-1861 Abortion was not only common, it was commercialised: Is not the horrible truth patent to everyone, that.
Abortion, Doctors and the Law: Some Aspects of the Legal Regulation of Abortion in England from 1803 to 1982 by John Keown