bortion has been seen as a very controversial act in history. Before modern politics, religion used to be used as a political system to control societies and what many religions implied is that abortion is one of the biggest sins. However, as society developed and evolved, many stopped living a life based on religious beliefs and followed a more personal calling which led to the normalization of abortions worldwide, or at least in the western world during the 19th century.
In 1821 the landmark Connecticut law passed which sought to punish people who provided women with abortion-inducing medicines. That was the first law not only in America but in the world to ban abortion. This all started with a preacher from Connecticut who used to seduce a lot of women just for his own benefit. His last seduction was with a woman named Asenath Smith who he had a relationship in the 1790s. Ammi Rogers was an Episcopal preacher who had been controversial since he had a problem with women.
The 1818 criminal case of a Connecticut minister named Ammi Rogers who was accused of impregnating Asenath Smith, a young woman to whom he was not married, and then giving her an abortion-inducing substance.
The first abortion-related law in the United States was allegedly passed in Connecticut in 1821 as a result of procedural and substantive challenges in prosecuting Rogers. The case of Ammi Rogers signaled the start of a procedure in which formal law was used to restrain social, religious, and sexual autonomy. Following Rogers’ case, legal restrictions on abortion began to expand across the country. The ability of an increasing number of individuals to exercise sexual autonomy through access to and knowledge of abortion services, so taking control over their own lives, seems to be the driving force behind many abortion regulations. In other words, the main drivers of many legal restrictions on abortion were fear of sex, drugs, and rock & roll.
Although there have been many issues in regard to abortion during the 19th century such as the poor administration of abortion medicine which led to health problems for pregnant women and in some cases even led to the birth of children with major health problems. With the big legal scandal that is taking place across the United States at the moment, there has been a huge debate on how will banning abortions stop illegal procedures and medication sold on the black market.
The same sort of ideology applied to the law that was passed in Connecticut in 1821, as the law was only applied in one state, so, therefore, the simple solution was just to go and have an abortion in the neighboring states. However, this law could be used in the present legal fight on abortion across America. Interestingly enough the state of Arizona had used a 121-year-old law to enforce a total abortion ban.
The law banning abortion was created more than a decade before Arizona became a state in 1912. It was part of a set of laws called the “Howell Code” which states that any person who provides abortion care — unless necessary to save the person’s life — “shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than two years nor more than five years.”
Another important law that the results of a legal battle that defined all the abortion laws implemented across the United States from the 18th all the way to the 21st century were Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113. This a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States conferred the right to have an abortion. On January 22, 1973, the women of the United States got their right to abortion. Although the first abortion law is still in question, it was one of the first moves toward stopping or limiting control over one’s own body.