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In Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court strikes down a state law banning the use of contraceptives by married couples, overturning an individual's conviction for providing a married person with contraceptives and information about their use. The opinion, written by Justice William O. " The ruling will serve as a critical precedent to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Also in 1965. The first National Right to Life Committee is formed, essentially as an information clearinghouse. Local organizations in states provide the group's political power.
1834 Ohio passes a law making attempted abortion a misdemeanor, without reference to quickening. The law also makes the death of either the mother or the fetus after quickening a felony. Page 6 1840 By this time 10 of the 26 states have some statutory restrictions on abortion. " The Maine law also includes an exception for therapeutic abortions in the event the mother's life is threatened. In practice, most of the early antiabortion laws are enforced laxly, if at all. All of them were passed, not on their own, but as parts of major revisions of criminal codes or of omnibus crime bills.
Page 8 1865 The AMA antiabortion prize committee, which is made up of prominent Boston physicians and chaired by D. Humphreys Storer, gives its first gold medal to Storer's son, Dr. Horatio R. " Expanded into book form, the paper is published by the AMA under the title Why Not? A Book for Every Woman. 1867 Dr. Edwin M. Hale, a homeopathic physician, publishes The Great Crime of the Nineteenth Century, in which he claims that "two-thirds of the number of conceptions occurring in the United States .