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The Female Body in Medicine and Literature$
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Andrew Mangham and Greta Depledge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314728

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316289

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Representations of Illegal Abortionists in England, 1900–1967

(p.196) 13 Representations of Illegal Abortionists in England, 1900–1967
The Female Body in Medicine and Literature

Emma L. Jones

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines case studies of abortionists taken from criminal investigations conducted in England between 1900 and 1967. It discusses incidences of abortion, the medical and forensic evidence presented at trials on the methods used by illegal abortionists, and the health risks associated with abortion. The chapter also discusses the legal regulation of abortion, culminating in the 1967 Abortion Act.

Keywords:   abortionists, England, abortion, illegal abortionists, 1967 Abortion Act

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