Explores the evolution of both sides of America's abortion debate in a balanced selection of 41 primary documents by doctors, feminists, religious leaders, activists, politicians, and judges from the 19th century to the present day.
2: Abortion in Early America.
3: Document: Excerpt from S. K. Jennings' The Married Lady's Companion, Or Poor Man's Friend, a text on issues confronting the nineteenth-century American wife.
4: Document: Commonwealth v. Isaiah Bangs, the first known American judicial ruling on abortion (footnotes omitted).
5: Document: The Declaration of Sentiments.
6: Document: American Medical Association (AMA) Report on Criminal Abortion.
7: Document: Excerpt from Dr. Horatio Storer's Why Not? A Book for Every Woman: A Proper Bostonian on Sex and Birth Control.
8: Document: Abortionist Advertisement.
9: Document: Madame Restell Charged.
10: Document: The Comstock Act or “An Act for the Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use” (S. 1572, 42D Congress, 3D Session).
11: Early Twentieth-Century Tensions and Trends.
12: Document: Excerpt from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's address “On American Motherhood,” delivered to the National Congress of Mothers.
13: Document: “Up to the Doctors.”.
14: Document: Excerpt from United States v. One Package of Japanese Pessaries.
15: Document: Selection from Margaret Sanger; An Autobiography.
16: Document: American Law Institute (ALI) Model Penal Code.
17: Document: “The Abortion Racket—What Should Be Done?”.
18: Abortion at a Crossroads: America at Mid-Century.
19: Document: Griswold v. Connecticut.
20: Document: National Organization for Women (NOW) Bill of Rights.
21: Document: Humanae Vitae, Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Regulation of Birth (footnotes omitted).
22: Document: NARAL By-Laws and NARAL Progress Report.
23: Document: Excerpt from The Abortion Handbook for Responsible Women, by Lana Clarke Phelan and Patricia Therese Maginnis.