Debates on Planned Parenthood
By: Shanna Cronley
Women have been having abortions for a very long time, even in the Victorian Era there was abortion. There were both medical abortions and self-abortions. Women could buy a probe for about $8 to perform such an abortion. From about 1820-1840 abortions were not condemned as long as they were performed within the first trimester. Any laws during this time were put in place to protect women. This changed from about 1840-1890 where laws put doctors in charge of abortions rather than women which made the procedures much more dangerous. This change is still prevalent today in society, because abortions are in the hands of the doctors. Today these procedures are less dangerous due to more knowledge on the female body but it creates the issue of if abortions should be legalized or not.
 Crystal Moore, “Sexuality within the Victorian Family 1800-1900” (lecture, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC. February 25, 2014)
 "Teen Discount." - Planned Parenthood. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/centralnc/teen-discount-40876.htm (accessed March 31, 2014).
 Lewin, Tamar. "Parental Consent to Abortion: How Enforcement Can Vary." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/05/28/us/parental-consent-to-abortion-how-enforcement-can-vary.html (accessed March 31, 2014).
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