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The History of Abortion in the US Before and After Roe vs. Wade

Karissa Haugeberg
History / Current Events

Course Description

For both supporters and opponents of abortion rights, the decriminalization of abortion nationwide in 1973 was a watershed. From our vantage point, it is difficult to imagine that the issue was not always so divisive, or that it has not always been primarily a debate between religious conservatives and progressive feminists. In this lecture, you will learn how and why abortion was criminalized in the nineteenth century, how women obtained abortions during criminalization, and why religious authorities, attorneys, physicians, and feminists campaigned to reform criminal abortion laws beginning in the 1950s. Attendees will also learn about abortion politics and practices in Florida so that they might consider how the Sunshine State fits into the national story of abortion history.

About the Instructor

  • Karissa Haugeberg, PhD, is an assistant professor of history at Tulane University. Her first book, Women Against Abortion, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2017. She co-edited the textbook, Women's America: Refocusing the Past and is completing a book on the history of nursing in the U.S. since 1960. She teaches courses about U.S. women's history and the history of medicine.

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