Chapter 3: Before Roe and Morgentaler: a comparative history of abortion politics in the US and Canada from 1800 to 1970
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This chapter seeks to add nuance to our understanding of the broader context of abortion politics in the US and Canada by offering a comparative history of their respective abortion politics from the early 1800s to the early 1970s. A comparison between Canada and the US suggests that while, in the present moment, abortion politics across these two political contexts could not be more different, if you dig a little deeper, you find a more complex and nuanced story - one of marked legal and political divergence, but one also punctuated by moments of legal, political and rhetorical convergence. Indeed, as this chapter argues, throughout large periods of history, abortion in Canada and the US was treated, both legally and rhetorically, in both very different and very similar ways.

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