17 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2008 Last revised: 10 May 2010
Date Written: August 22, 2008
An examination of the enforcement of California's anti-abortion statute over a 50 year period in Sacramento, focusing on particular prosecutions suggests that abortion was not treated as a serious moral wrong. The erratic pattern of enforcement and sentencing suggests prosecution under the feticide statute was part of an effort by the California Medical Association to exert greater control over medical services, not that there was any significant condemnation of abortion providers or of women obtaining abortions.
Keywords: history, abortion, crime, trial
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