Religious texts often contained severe condemnations of abortion, recommending penance but seldom enforcing secular punishment.
As a matter of common law in England and the United States, abortion was illegal anytime after quickening—when the movements of the fetus could first be felt by the woman.
When it does appear, it is entailed in concerns about male property rights, preservation of social order, and the duty to produce fit citizens for the state or community.
The harshest penalties were generally reserved for a woman who procured an abortion against her husband's wishes, and for slaves who produced abortion in a woman of high status.
It was difficult to obtain sufficient evidence to prosecute the women and abortion doctors, and judges and juries were often reluctant to convict.
Many were also outraged at the invasion of privacy and the medical problems resulting from abortions taking place illegally in medically dangerous circumstances.Abortion has existed since ancient times, with natural abortifacients being found amongst a wide variety of tribal people and in all our written sources.Our earliest texts contain no mention of abortion or abortion law.I’ve lovingly and carefully restored many of the images that I’ve used here and I’ve done that to share these with other spanking enthusiasts so I have no desire to take this site down.Besides, I still have many more images in my personal archive so eventually I’ll share more in the future.