Early American Family Limitation

5Feb

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Birth control and abortion are constant flash points in contemporary politics, and they’re often described as signs of a rapidly changing society. But women have always had ways (though not always quite as effective ones) to control family size, and early American women were no exception. Understanding the role that reproductive rights has played in American history provides critical context to today’s debates. Have we always had these kinds of debates? How did Americans think about abortion in the late 18th century, or the 19th century? Elizabeth and Sarah continue our series on women’s reproductive rights, this time focusing on birth control methods and abortion in18th- and 19th-century America.