The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law

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The story of Ruth Barnett, who performed more than forty thousand abortions between 1918 and 1968 without losing a single patient, reveals how the antiabortion laws benefitted racketeers, syndicates, politicians, and the press, reestablished state control of women's bodies, and victimized women.

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THE ABORTIONIST: A Woman Against the Law

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Solinger's (Wake Up, Little Susie, 1992) biography of abortionist Ruth Barnett introduces us to a compelling character and to the underdocumented history of illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade ... Read full review

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Fascinating profile of a woman abortionist in Portland, Oregon. Rickie Solinger writes compellingly of her life and profession. Well-written, interesting story. Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Rickie Solinger is an independent historian who lives in the Hudson Valley. Her books include "Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade", "The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law", and "Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States".

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