Cover

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Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

It is with great excitement that I finally turn to the part of the book where I can thank all of those who have helped me get to this point. It took more than a decade to research and write this book, and my debts are long-standing and...

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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pp. xv-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

In the early 1970s, Heather, an eighteen-year- old student at the University of North Carolina (UNC), went to see Takey Crist, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn), known on campus as “the sex man.” Heather was...

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1. Living through Some Giant Change: The Establishment of Abortion Services

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pp. 23-60

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion in its decision Roe v. Wade. Minutes after the news was broadcast, Susan Hill, then a twenty-four-year- old social worker in Miami, Florida, received a...

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2. Medicine at the Edges of Life: Abortion and Fetal Research

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pp. 61-92

On February 15, 1975, Boston ob-gyn Kenneth Edelin was convicted of manslaughter for performing a hysterotomy, a second trimester abortion procedure akin to a cesarean section. Edelin had performed the procedure at BCH in...

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3. The Formation of the National Abortion Federation and the Standards Debate

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pp. 93-118

In 1973, Warren Hern, a physician and epidemiologist, was approached by a psychotherapy group seeking to open an abortion clinic in Boulder, Colorado. Hern had become interested in abortion in the 1960s, after practicing for several...

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4. The Development of Dilation and Evacuation and the Debate over Fetal Bodies

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pp. 119-154

At the 1978 NAF meeting in San Francisco, Minnesota ob-gyn and abortion provider Dr. Millie Hanson, a tiny woman with the energy of a hurricane, got up and gave a presentation on laminaria. Physicians in Japan and England used...

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5. To Protect the Lives of American Babies: The Escalation of Antiabortion Activism

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pp. 155-198

In February 1988, four antiabortion activists stole onto the premises of Vital Med, a Chicago pathology lab. It was after business hours, and the place was dark and deserted. The four snuck through the garage door and approached...

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6. Truths, Lies, and Partial Truths: The Debate Surrounding Intact D&E

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pp. 199-244

On a fall morning in early October 1991, Dr. Susan Wicklund woke with a start to the sound of people shouting outside her bedroom window. “Susan kills babies! Susan kills babies!” Wicklund and her husband lived in an isolated...

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Epilogue

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pp. 245-250

Between the early 1970s and the end of the decade, a sense of optimism and liberation accompanied the opening of legal abortion services. The introduction of vacuum aspiration led to the establishment of outpatient services, and...

Notes

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pp. 251-306

Bibliography

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pp. 307-320

Index

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pp. 321-335