Lectures At U.Va. On The History Of The Criminalization Of Abortion
Nov. 11, 1999 -- Looking at abortion from
historical perspectives, Wolfgang Müller, assistant professor
of medieval history at the University of Kansas, will give two lectures
at Jefferson Hall at the University of Virginia on Monday, Nov.
lectures are sponsored by the History Department, Womens Studies
Program and Brown College.
4 p.m. lecture, "When Abortion Became a Crime," will look
at the methodological problem of how a modern historian reconstructs
the origins of a law and its practical function in the Middle Ages,
a time when no system of law existed. He will look at abortion in
light of the medieval scientific system of law that gained gradual
acceptance through the 17th century across Western Europe.
7 p.m. Müller will lecture on "Abortion: Lessons from
History." In this discussion of the criminalization of abortion
in late medieval society, he will argue that we may discover new
and important explanations as to why abortion evokes so much debate
today by looking at the historical roots.
is author of the recent book, "Abortion: The Origins of a Crime,
more information contact Dominique Surh at (804) 243-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298