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Early America’s complicated history with abortion access

Early America’s complicated history with abortion access



Paul Solman:

Then there’s the case of English woman Ann Lohman, who became a midwife known as Madame Restell. In 1839, she placed an ad in the New York Sun which read, Is it moral for parents to increase their families regardless of consequences to themselves, or the well-being of their offspring when a simple, easy, healthy and certain remedy is within our control? In 1847, Madame Restell was arrested and tried and demonized in the police Gazette and elsewhere, says graphic arts curator Lauren Hewes.

Lauren Hewes, Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society: So Cartoons For example, painting Madame Restell as a very dark figure, or cartoons showing Madame Restell’s offices full of pregnant women who are uneducated, who are seeking help but are in disguise, for instance, so that no one wants to know who’s having abortion.



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