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Ben Franklin Put an Abortion Recipe in His Math Textbook (May 2022)
slate.com

...To colonial Americans, termination was as normal as the ABCs and 123s.

Though Franklin already had a long and successful career by this point, he needed to find a way to convince colonial book-buyers"who for the most part didn't even formally study arithmetic -- that his version of George Fisher's textbook was worth the investment.

Franklin made all sorts of changes throughout the book, from place names to inserting colonial histories, but he made one really big change: adding John Tennent's The Poor Planter's Physician to the end. Tennent was a Virginia doctor whose medical pamphlet had first appeared in 1734.* By appending it to The Instructor (replacing a treatise on farriery) Franklin hoped to distinguish the book from its London ancestor. Franklin advertised that his edition was "the whole better adapted to these American Colonies, than any other book of the like kind."

In the preface he goes on to specifically mention his swapping out of sections, insisting that "in the British Edition of this Book, there were many Things of little or no Use in these Parts of the World:

In this Edition those Things are omitted, and in their Room many other Matters inserted, more immediately useful to us Americans." One of those useful "Matters" was a how-to on at-home abortion, made available to anyone who wanted a book that could teach the ABCs and 123s.

In this week's leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, "The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation's history and traditions."

Yet abortion was so "deeply rooted" in colonial America that one of our nation's most influential architects went out of his way to insert it into the most widely and enduringly read and reprinted math textbook of the colonial Americas"and he received so little pushback or outcry for the inclusion that historians have barely noticed it is there. Abortion was simply a part of life, as much as reading, writing, and arithmetic....



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-07 03:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just like we told you:

Every bloody ------- discharge is now the business of the State.

You Republican fathers have taught your daughters to spread for the State, right?

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-07 03:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

True story I saw "Access Recedes" and briefly thought I had read the word "Arcades".

Buuuut since this is the topic there is a curious part of the old testament which says a woman suspected of adultery should go through a specific ritual that requires her to drink an odd concoction.

It really does read like it is intended to cause an abortion.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-07 06:48 PM | Reply

"It really does read like it is intended to cause an abortion."

That's because it is intended to cause an abortion.

There's literally nothing in The Bible which forbids abortion. Fight me.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-07 07:00 PM | Reply

Numbers 5:27-28

27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

Keep in mind that Numbers is part of Jewish Law. Jesus did not overthrow Jewish law, so ipso facto Jesus supported abortion.

Truth Hurts

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-08-07 07:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Have Republicans made any more to increase funding for foster care?

Or does their being "pro-life" truly only extend to the moment of birth?

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-07 09:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's almost like the prochoice movement was right all along.

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-08 01:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Have Republicans made any more to increase funding for foster care?

Or does their being "pro-life" truly only extend to the moment of birth?

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-07 09:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

I saw Sporkfoot and Kerry Lake holding a sign at CPAC "We will adopt your baby".

Just more GQP --------. Neither of them are going adopt any baby, let alone a minority baby.

"Christian Nationalists" (NAZIs) are incapable of telling the truth.

#8 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-08 07:00 AM | Reply

Of be more impressed if they would offer to carry the fetus to term and then go through labor.

All the fetuses.

#9 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-08-08 07:16 AM | Reply

'I saw Sporkfoot and Kerry Lake holding a sign at CPAC "We will adopt your baby".
Just more GQP --------'

The -------- abounds with those people.

They talk a big game and make no more to introduce relevant legislation.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-08 11:54 AM | Reply

Babies R Us will soon be the place for white couples (no LGBTQ folk or dark-skinned applicants, please) to pick up a clean, drug-free baby with no mental defects or serious medical complications. Every once in a while one of those cute Japanese or Korean babies will come through, too. Barren white women or those with some sort of savior complex (see: Amy Coney Barrett) will soon enough get to fulfill their fantasies of an immaculate conception...

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2022-08-08 01:04 PM | Reply

God forbid the woman take some responsibility before opening her legs. But I guess that's just asking too much..

And please, leave out the "all these women were raped" --------. Probably 95% of abortions are elective.

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2022-08-08 01:13 PM | Reply

12 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Would you support requiring the father to pay support during a pregnancy?

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-08 01:55 PM | Reply

God forbid the woman take some responsibility before opening her legs. But I guess that's just asking too much..

And please, leave out the "all these women were raped" --------. Probably 95% of abortions are elective.

#12 | POSTED BY BOAZ A

Well then you should support forced reversible vasectomies since it definitely takes 2 to tango

That would definitely avoid all need for abortions

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-08-08 02:07 PM | Reply

God forbid the woman take some responsibility before opening her legs.

Putting aside all of the legitimate and heartbreaking reasons people get abortions, and even adopting your pathetically stupid argument that everyone's just out there getting recreational abortions, it's a little late to be talking about what a woman "should have" done by the time she's walking into an abortion clinic. You're talking about what you think should have happened as opposed to what's actually happening. And your apparent solution to the problem is to force women to birth babies they have no interest in raising to spite them for having the gall to do something you disagree with.

You're a cruel, stupid person.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-08 02:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

God forbid the woman take some responsibility before opening her legs.

God forbid the man take some responsibility before opening a woman's legs.

Or perhaps Boaz believes women can spontaneously get pregnant.

Who knows with conservatives. They're not the smartest people in America.

#16 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-08-08 02:45 PM | Reply

"You're a cruel, stupid person."

That's the whole point.

#17 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2022-08-08 02:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"God forbid the woman take some responsibility before opening her legs."

I don't understand what this means.
Responsibility for what?
You mean like being on The Pill?

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-08 03:13 PM | Reply

"God forbid the woman take some responsibility before opening her legs."

Quite a bit to unpack there, but the apparent lack of familiarity with the process would likely make that unpacking an exercise in futility.

#19 | Posted by Rumpelstiltskin at 2022-08-08 05:38 PM | Reply

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