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Law, Medicine, Women’s Authority, and the History of Troubled Births: Review of Proving Pregnancy

With Roe v Wade upended, the balance of power and authority among lawmakers, medical practitioners, and pregnant and birthing people is suddenly in flux. And at the center of the storm, the safety and autonomy of those carrying (and losing) pregnancies is in jeopardy.


Historical investigations into troubled pregnancies and births, therefore, are salient and urgent.


In her new book Proving Pregnancy: Gender, Law, and Medical Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century America, Felicity Turner examines legal cases of women accused of infanticide and concealment of stillbirth...


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