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SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

Wednesday march 27, 2013 Reproductive rights part 2 1a women helping other women for reproduction (including birth control and abortion) Many were women healers and midwives (someone to help you give birth) 1b in 1803 abortion is an evil act, “quickening” (feeling the fetus move, usually when shes 4 months pregnant) Abortion was a dangerous procedure Had condoms made out of animal intestines Generally 3 main explainations why birth control and abortion was illegal in 1800s 1c i many anti feminists are protecting women of dangers of birth control and abortion Was not about protecting women more about controlling women *** ^ control them by restricting their child bearing roles 1c ii women healers and midwives were aiding women (like birth control or helping pregnant women giving birth) Then male doctors were in the medical field and women healers and midwives started to be eliminated Male doctors started gaining control over health care (competiting with midwives) ^ when you get rid of midwives and birth control and abortion they believe the nation will “grow” 1c iii a declining birth rate for middle class white people in Canada Eugenics movement were concern with the declining birth rate ^ “race suicide” Some women and men could not make the decision to have children and those are allowed to have children ^ disabled women were sterilized, unfit mothers, coloured women Highlights Who would never choose to have children and those who can have children *** (part of C in final exam) 1d abortion rates were higher in the 1890s than in the 1990s (when it was legal) 1e dangerous practice Some took a coat hanger to have an abortion, which lead to infections and deaths Lots also pretended to be doctors, some demanded sex before they can abort the baby 1f restricted to right to know about birth control and what it was used for Information on birth control was seen as absurd and going against society’s morality and laws ^ Obscenity laws remained until the 1960s 1g made it illegal to perform abortion on women and sentenced to life in prison ^ however a doctor could perform an abortion only if a women’s life is in danger But since it was vague, doctors were afraid therefore many women died 1h 1969 where the laws of abortion were clearified and birth control became legal (as well as information about birth control) ^ but Trudeau did not legalized abortion only if a women’s life and health, she could have an abortion TAC’s were abortion committee, where they determine whether or not a women could live or die If a doctor performs an abortion where the women did not go to a TACs or if her life was not in danger the doctor was sentenced to life in prison These laws did not protect the women only the doctors 1i abortions were only legal in hospitals that had TAC’s ^ if you lived in rural area and did not have one, you were out of luck 1j Morgentaler was a concentration camp survivor, and supported women’s rights When trudeau changed his laws, Morgentaler started providing abortions at clinics that were not hosptials and did not have a TACs ^ when Morgentaler kept getting arrested and continue to perform abortions And finally when he was arrested the 4 time went to the supreme court ^ resulted that the law was struck down since it infringed on women’s life Section 251 was struck down All morgentalers decision did, was that it struck the exisiting abortion laws,
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