Until the 1840s, after the development of cell theory, no one knew how a child was created in the womb. Largely because of the vagueness of the science, the law was vague, But where it was aware that an abortion was being indued, the law forbade it. Roe V. Wade is totally dishonest about the history of law of abortion. The law itself did not develop along with the science of fetal development, and is still not. Too many people still think that the child is born a blank slate, when it is clear that the womb is a much more active place than we once though, that he is/she is sensible very early on in his/her development. Consciousness is perhaps no more than the integration of all that the child is already experiencing and it appears to “part” of the child long before the “quickening.” IAC. the law is at bottom nothing more than what happens among lawyers and judges, and they seldom had cause to reflect on what they could not, after all, see. Not until the last 20 years have we literally been able to see the unborn in the environment of the womb. If we spent as much time trying to communicate with the human fetus as we do to trying to talk to apes, who know what we might find out.