Abortion in the Weimar Republic is a compelling subject since it
provoked public debates and campaigns of an intensity rarely
matched elsewhere. It proved so explosive because populationist,
ecclesiastical and political concerns were heightened by cultural
anxieties of a modernity in crisis. Based on an exceptionally rich
source material (e.g., criminal court cases, doctorsOCO case books,
personal diaries, feature films, plays and literary works), this
study explores different attitudes and experiences of those women
who sought to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and those who helped
or hindered them. It analyzes the dichotomy between medical theory
and practice, and questions common assumptions, i.e. that abortion
was OC a necessary evil, OCO which needed strict regulation and
medical control; or that all back-street abortions were dangerous
and bad. Above all, the book reveals womenOCOs own voices,
frequently contradictory and ambiguous: having internalized medical
ideas they often also adhered to older notions of reproduction
which opposed scientific approaches."
||Monographs in German History
||Electronic book text - Windows
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