Another connection between anti-abortion and anti-midwifery movements

So I haven’t actually read this book yet, but Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon did a great summation of it for their new book club. I just wanted to share that Leslie Reagan, the author of When Abortion Was a Crime, makes the historical connection between the crackdown on abortion rights and the medical movement to eradicate midwifery in the late 19th century. Shocker!

A more detailed timeline of the history of midwifery in the US.

I promise to explicate if I get around to reading this book, which judging from Amanda’s review seems interesting and does a good job of trying to pull abortion from its “issue silo” (making the connections to other social justice issues). I’m currently reading Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam, which is really good…


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