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History of Abortion

This section explores the history of abortion.  It looks at times and events, but especially at arguments used by abortionists and their opponents.  Some of the arguments are heated.  Some are measured and reserved.  One thing we learn, that the attack on human life is ongoing.  It is not unique to our age.  It is our hope that this look into the past will serve those fighting for life for the unborn and be used for the glory of God.

English Court Transcript: 1732

* Rex v. Beare

A court transcript from London, England, 1732.  Provides an insight into a certain Eleanor Merriman-Beare who was indicted two times "for destroying the Foetus in the Womb", and once for "endeavouring to persuade Nicholas Wilson to poison his Wife, and for giving him Poison for that End."

The Physicians' Crusade against Abortion (1857-1920)

*   The Lecture that started the successful "Physicians' Crusade Against Abortion"

Dr. David Humphreys Storer, in 1855, influenced a generation of doctors by giving a lecture in which he describes some of the problems that were caused by abortions.  The lecture influenced his son Horatio to start the crusade in 1857.  His lecture received little attention outside Boston, and it was not published until 1872. 

*   Why Not? A Book for Every Woman

An essay by Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D. written in 1865, was a prize essay for the American Medical Association and was published by Horatio --with the AMA-- in 1866 with later editions including 1868.  In this essay, Horatio gives an extensive background of induced abortions, their side affect on women, and why abortion should not be practiced. 

*   Pro-Life-Physician Horatio Robinson Storer: Your Ancestors, and You

An essay by Frederick N. Dyer, in which he describes a man by the name of Horatio Storer; who, with immense courage, stood up, and became outspoken about the horrors of abortion when silence was the norm; and he, with those actions, spearheaded the physicians' crusade against abortion. 

*   AMA Report on Criminal Abortion, 1859

The American Medical Association's report on criminal abortion is a direct effect of the movement against abortion among physicians. 

*   A Physician's Reply to the Solicitations of a Married Woman to Produce a Miscarriage for her. 

An anonymous physician who goes by the initials of D.H. wrote a letter to one of his patients --a patient who was considering an abortion.  The letter was then published in the Nashville Journal of Medicine and Surgery in May of 1876. 

*   Foeticide, or Criminal Abortion

A lecture that was given by Dr. Hugh L. Hodge in 1839 and again in 1854 to medical students at the University of Pennsylvania. 

*   Is Suicide Lawful?

A response from Ernest R. Null with the Bombay Examiner, March 8, 1916, to a question regarding suicide and its morality.