By Rosalind Pollack Petchesky
A holistic realizing of abortion from a feminist standpoint, together with the background of its perform and nation regulations to include it; the social, financial, and cultural stipulations below which girls put it to use; and the criminal, ethical, and political battles that encompass it.
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This story was called “Turandot,”* but it was greatly changed from the facts of her life. In it, the eponymous Turandot challenged her suitors with riddles instead of wrestling matches, and if they failed her challenge, they were killed. Centuries later, in the early 1900s, “Turandot” was turned into an Italian opera—except, getting even further from Khutulun’s actual history, the opera was about a take-no-nonsense woman finally giving in to love. Ugh. She has since appeared in the 2014 Netflix original series Marco Polo, where she is portrayed as slender and waifish when she was anything but.
By the time she came back to Greece, she was a full-fledged professional—but knowing that women weren’t allowed to practice, she started posing as a man. Agnodice soon became a hugely popular gynecologist, although her method of getting new patients was . . unorthodox. When she approached a woman who was going into labor and was subsequently turned away for being a man (since only women helped women through childbirth), Agnodice simply hiked up her robes, flashing the unsuspecting pregnant woman.
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Abortion and Woman’s Choice: The State, Sexuality, and Reproductive Freedom by Rosalind Pollack Petchesky