criminal abortion


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criminal abortion

[′krim·ən·əl ə′bȯr·shən]
(medicine)
Illegal interruption of pregnancy.
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240) Moreover, since Roe, Philip Rafferty and others have discovered a number of early English criminal abortion cases which show that even pre-quickening abortion was a crime in medieval times.
It is that the answer to dysfunction and unfairness in criminal abortion laws is to provide more clarity, more standards, and more procedures.
Lela Latta was accused of performing a criminal abortion, she, too, brought allies with her to court.
He was particularly interested in the vast numbers of women who died as a result of criminal abortions, which spurred him to campaign for a change in the law.
Pregnant women, infants and children are unable to get the required medical care and criminal abortion became the norms.
The legislature specifically authorized suspensions or discipline more lenient than license revocation based on an administrative finding of criminal abortion.
In 1648, Edward Coke asserted that "quickening," the point at which a mother becomes aware of the fetus through its motion, was the dividing line between noncriminal and criminal abortion.
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Solinger mentions at least one "doctor" whose trial for murder was fixed when he agreed to join the West Coast criminal abortion syndicate set up between 1934 and 1936 by the entrepreneur Reginald Rankin.