By John Keown
Starting from the start of the 19th century to the Eighties, this ebook specializes in the evolution of the legislation and clinical perform of abortion in England. Little educational consciousness has hitherto been given to the advance and scope of abortion legislation in England, the formative impact of the scientific occupation, and the impression of the legislation on scientific perform. for that reason, Dr Keown considers the functionality of abortion by way of medical professionals, and the effect the clinical occupation had at the restrict of the legislations within the 19th century and on its rest within the 20th. The e-book doesn't deal at once with the felony prestige of the unborn baby, the rights and tasks of its mom and dad and of the medical professionals occupied with the supply of abortion or the query of the desirability of reform. quite, adopting a socio-legal standpoint, it considers what the scope of the prohibition of abortion has been and specializes in points impact at the evolution of that prohibition, and perform thereunder.
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83 He concluded that even if a woman and her accomplice failed in their attempt to procure her abortion, they should both be liable to a charge of murder, for it was an 'unnatural crime' and The influence of medical opinion 39 could not be viewed, even by the most abandoned, without horror. 84 Shortly after, Malejoined in the condemnation of abortion at any stage of gestation. Rejecting the popular view that fetal life began at quickening, he wrote: 'it is probable that the foetus is animated at the moment of conception, and the crime committed then, is morally as great as at any other period of pregnancy'.
On second reading, he said that the great underlying principle was that crime should be visited with certain punishment. 20 The Bills were designed to meet the criticism that the existing law failed to recognise moral gradations between offences,21 and they sought to make the criminal law as simple and as lenient as possible. 22 Lord Lyndhurst lent his support to the Bills, although he pointed to several inconsistencies, one of which related to abortion. He said that as the O. P. 23 The report continues: 'He did not, however, believe that this change was intentionally made.
There is substantial evidence that medical men were concerned not only for the welfare of the potential victims of abortion but also to further the process of establishing and consolidating their status as a profession. This process, which will be described in the final chapter, could only have been hindered by abortion, which provided an outlet for irregular practitioners such as herbalists and midwives. By turning away women seeking abortion, the regulars risked driving them to their less qualified yet more accommodating competitors, perhaps permanently.
Abortion, Doctors and the Law: Some Aspects of the Legal Regulation of Abortion in England from 1803 to 1982 by John Keown