Reproduction & Abortion
The Other Crime: Abortion and Contraception in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Utah
In this essay, I discuss this history, present evidence that Latter-day Saint men sold abortion pills in the late nineteenth century, and argue that it is likely some Latter-day Saint women took them in an…
Birth Control Among the Mormons: Introduction to an Insistent Question
The extensive national attention had a demonstrable impact in Utah. In 1876 the territory’s first anti-abortion law was enacted, carrying a penalty of two to ten years for performing an abortion; a woman convicted of…
Women Under the Law
Any constitutional amendment unavoidably casts a shadow of uncertainty over its future interpretation and implementation. The Fourteenth Amendment, for example, has far exceeded the originally perceived purpose—elevating the status of blacks—and has come to serve…
Mormon Medical Ethical Guidelines
Of all medical ethical guidelines published by the Church, those relating to abortion are the most emphatically stated. Offenders, be they doctor, patient, or abettor, are subject to excommunication.
Is There An ERA-Abortion Connection?
I believe there is a connection between the way influential supporters of the amendment think about equality and abor-tion, and I believe that the drive for a particular definition of equality (which includes the right…
So this was birthing, this crazy-quilt of contrasts, of senses and feelingsin chaos, coming occasionally to rest, as now, with a sleeping son in the crookof my arm. Had I won the grand prize?
Bodies, Babies, and Birth Control
In this paper I will explore official and unofficial messages that theLDS church has sent to girls and women about childbearing during the twentieth century and the effect those messages have had on women’sreproductive choices.
Premortal Spirits: Implications for Cloning, Abortion, Evolution, and Extinction
Perhaps no other moral issue divides the American public more than abortion. In part, the controversy hinges on the question of when the spirit enters the body. If a spirit were predestined for a given…
Deaths and (RE)births
She had severe versions of typical pregnancy nausea and migraines. But she also experienced dreadful cramping on one side of her abdomen, crampingt hat could only be assuaged by long walks