America’s First Abortion Wars

Our founders were just as divided as we are

Eric Weiner
4 min readJun 13, 2022

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Photo: New York Historical Society

The heated debate over abortion is nothing new. It is, in fact, older than the United States.

I’ve spent the past several weeks trying to make sense of the history of abortion in Colonial America. My conclusion: it is a muddled mess, replete with half-truths, exaggerated claims, cherry-picking of facts, and…

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Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of five books. My latest,:"BEN & ME: In Search of a Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life."