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Five of them eventually ended in abortion, and two of those had been illegitimate pregnancies. "56 Even as Metcalf published his statistics, however, the American perception of who was having how many abortions for what purpose was shifting dramatically. That shift, along with a professional resurgence of the regular physicians following their eclipse and disillusionment during the 1830s, would have a profound impact upon the next stage in the evolution of abortion policy in the United States. three • The Great Upsurge of Abortion/ 1840-1880 In the early 1840s three key changes began to take place in the patterns of abortion in the United States.
35 In short, abortion was not thought to be a means of family limitation in the United States, at least on any significant scale, through the first third of the nineteenth century. 36 One could, along with medical student Massie, be less than enthusiastic about such an "unnatural" practice as abortion, yet tolerate it as the "recourse... of the victim of passion... "37 Consequently, Americans in the early nineteenth century 18 • Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America could and did look the other way when they encountered abortion.
12 Yet in practice, indictments could not be brought under these laws before quickening because intent had to be proved and the only way that intent could be proved was to demonstrate that the person who administered the poison could have known beyond any doubt that the woman was pregnant. Thus, the omission of explicit reference to quickening in these two early laws probably reflected the fact that the quickening distinction was taken completely for granted rather than any effort to eliminate it.