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2 - The Early Years

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 November 2022

Sally Sheldon
Affiliation:
University of Bristol and University of Technology Sydney
Gayle Davis
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh
Jane O'Neill
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh
Clare Parker
Affiliation:
University of Adelaide
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Summary

Chapter 2 traces the Act’s early, formative years. We explain how its meaning was negotiated as women arrived in doctors’ surgeries seeking services that they now believed to be lawful and how doctors worked to understand and apply the new law. We explore how, over time, different interpretations of the Act coexisted, fell out of use or became entrenched in professional codes, internal policy and procedure documents, official guidance and medical curricula. The chapter ends in 1974 with the publication of two important texts discussing the workings of the Abortion Act in these early years: the sensationalist media expose Babies for Burning and the highly influential and authoritative Lane Report.

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The Abortion Act 1967
A Biography of a UK Law
, pp. 28 - 65
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • The Early Years
  • Sally Sheldon, University of Bristol and University of Technology Sydney, Gayle Davis, University of Edinburgh, Jane O'Neill, University of Edinburgh, Clare Parker, University of Adelaide
  • Book: The Abortion Act 1967
  • Online publication: 03 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108677295.002
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  • The Early Years
  • Sally Sheldon, University of Bristol and University of Technology Sydney, Gayle Davis, University of Edinburgh, Jane O'Neill, University of Edinburgh, Clare Parker, University of Adelaide
  • Book: The Abortion Act 1967
  • Online publication: 03 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108677295.002
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  • The Early Years
  • Sally Sheldon, University of Bristol and University of Technology Sydney, Gayle Davis, University of Edinburgh, Jane O'Neill, University of Edinburgh, Clare Parker, University of Adelaide
  • Book: The Abortion Act 1967
  • Online publication: 03 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108677295.002
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