The introduction briefly chronicles women’s reproductive experiences prior to the legalization of abortion and situates the legalization of abortion into the context of the emerging women’s health movement. It offers a brief overview of the state-by-state legalization of abortion and of the US Supreme Court decisions that followed the 1973 Roe v Wade decision. It concludes with a discussion of the challenges of writing the history of a medical procedure as stigmatized and politicized as legal abortion.
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