In this episode we continue to respond to John Irving’s article from the New York Times that laments the fact that some people believe that babies in the womb should not be killed intentionally. We examine Mr. Irving’s strange assessment of abortion law in America in the 1800’s. Mr. Irving apparently believes that a bunch of doctors managed to conspire together for the selfish reason of wanting to control women’s “reproductive rights.” Allegedly getting abortion outlawed was part of their agenda to create a monopoly over health care. Somehow they managed to convince the governments in all states of the United States in a very brief time to grant them the power they desperately wanted.
We use some basic common sense and logic to take apart this strange conspiracy theory.
Sources Cited:”The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade”https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/23/opinion/anti-abortion-history.html
“The Quickening: The Momentous Pregnancy Event That Became a Relic”https://slate.com/human-interest/2015/05/the-quickening-the-momentous-pregnancy-event-that-became-a-relic.html
“Bringing Down the Flowers: The Controversial History of Abortion”https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/bringing-down-the-flowers-the-controversial-history-of-abortion/471762/
“Abortion Was Illegal In All 13 American Colonies In 1776”https://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/05/abortion-was-illegal-in-all-13-american-colonies-in-1776/