Evaluating judicial abortion trials this chapter examines two quite different ways women spoke about their unwanted pregnancies, referring both to a pre-modern concept of `blocked blood' as well as medically informed narratives of pregnancies. It shows not only how women continued to adhere to traditional body images while also adopting a medical point-of-view but also how they would choose the former to make sense of both their physical fate and their decision to intervene in it.
|Translated title of the contribution||`Blocked menses' or `done for'? Contradictory narratives of unwanted pregnancies and their termination in Weimar Germany|
|Title of host publication||Geschichte des Ungeborenen. Zur Erfahrungs- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Schwangerschaft, 17. - 20. Jahrhundert|
|Editors||Barbara Duden, Jürgen Schlumbohm, Patrice Veit|
|Place of Publication||Göttingen|
|Publisher||Vandenhoek & Rupprecht|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|