October 21, 2019

Abortion Fiction: Part 5 - Dr. Horatio Storer

This episode begins to demonstrate from American history in the 1800's that the medical conspiracy that John Irving wants us to believe outlawed abortion was no conspiracy at all. It was simply the reconciliation of science and medicine with law. We look at the influence of Dr. Horatio Storer in shaping the landscape of abortion thought in the the 1850's and 1860's by doing what Mr. Irving seems to avoid: we actually his words instead of assuming a sinister motive.

 

Sources Cited:

"The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade"
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/23/opinion/anti-abortion-history.html

"Report on Criminal Abortion"
https://collections.nlm.nih.gov/ext/mhl/101218760/PDF/101218760.pdf

Why Not? A Book For Every Woman
https://ia800207.us.archive.org/13/items/whynotabookfore00storgoog/whynotabookfore00storgoog.pdf

"Dr. Horatio Storer (1830-1922)"
https://thesexualityandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/dr-horatio-r-storer-1830-1922/

Silent No More Awareness Campaign
https://www.silentnomoreawareness.org

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