Abortion In The 1960's

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There is a long untold history on abortion before it was officially legalized and accepted in a society. Between the 1800’s and 1973 abortion was criminalized and was believed to be the devils practice to anyone who tried to perform abortions and those who chose to try and do abortions were thrown into jail for helping a women. During this time, women of both black and white races were shunned from their homes and sent to an asylum or arrested along with their lover if the women got pregnant before marriage. In fear of being shunned or arrested, women performed illegal abortions that were very deadly, women tried inflicting pain to themselves by throwing themselves down stairs, or tried stabbing themselves in the stomach with scissors or knifes. They also injected poisons and toxins such as bleach into their bodies which caused most women organ failure and/or death, and if they survived they were disfigured or were in pain from permanent injuries. In the 1940’s there was a crack down on abortions forcing them to go underground to have abortions underground which was the cause of a new era. In the 1960’s there was more and more abortion deaths from attempting to kill the baby but instead failed and killed themselves on accident. There were also multiple cases of women that got an abortion and were to scared to tell anyone what had…show more content…
allowing abortion in cases of permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or the mother or if the mother was raped or cases of incest. There is also some similar laws that were passed in California, Oregon, and North Carolina. In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled on its first against abortion making abortion legal. In 1983 the Supreme Court passed a law that required women to get abortions after the first trimester to be performed at a hospital, and a 24 hour waiting period and parental consent to anyone under the age of
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