Self-Interest, Obligation, and Anxiety: Abortion Ethics in Colonial New England

dc.contributor.advisorEdwards, Elise
dc.contributor.authorTreat, Madelyn
dc.contributor.departmentHistory.
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University.en
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors College - Honors Programen
dc.date.accessioned2023-12-19T17:06:40Z
dc.date.available2023-12-19T17:06:40Z
dc.date.copyright2023-12-06
dc.description.abstractThis thesis considers how colonial Americans in late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century New England perceived and regulated abortion. After reviewing medical, legal, and religious texts from the time, I propose that colonial authorities generally did not view abortion as an issue, except when it was perceived as an attempt to hide sexual immorality. Even so, records of court cases involving abortion show that colonists hoped to keep instances of abortion from the attention of these authorities. This tension provides insight into colonial anxieties regarding self-interest, communal obligations, and sin.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/12590
dc.language.isoen_US
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dc.subjectAbortion
dc.subjectSexual Ethics
dc.subjectReproductive Ethics
dc.subjectSex Crimes
dc.subjectPuritans
dc.subjectColonial New England
dc.subjectSocial Life and Customs
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subject17th century
dc.subject18th century
dc.titleSelf-Interest, Obligation, and Anxiety: Abortion Ethics in Colonial New England
dc.typeThesisen
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