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To: puroresu
Given that America is a predominantly Protestant nation, how did abortion end up outlawed in all fifty states in the first place?

It was actually outlawed more in the late 19th century, as I understand it, when anatomical knowledge became more commonplace. When fetuses (which is Latin for baby) were seen to be REALLY tiny babies, and the picture plates in textbooks demonstrated that, minds were changed.

I came across that a number of years ago while working in the archives and rare books section of a major medical library. DaVinci may have been the first to illustrate life in the womb, but it was the work of artists much later that changed a lot of hearts and minds.

20 posted on 06/13/2009 7:32:02 AM PDT by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue. http://www.thekingsmen.us/)
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To: Desdemona
The Texas law over thrown by Roe was enacted in 1856, about ten years after a Belgian scientists witnessed the intersection of a rabbit sperm with a rabbit egg and saw growth begin almost immediately. It was the shock of this new knowledge that led Texas DOCTORS to push for a law outlawing the prescription
of drugs that were now seen as abortifacients.
23 posted on 06/13/2009 8:40:08 AM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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