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Posted by: Stoller on January 12, 19100 at 10:44:20:

In Reply to: Abortion - what are your views? posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on January 11, 19100 at 11:02:39:

: What do people in this forum feel about the abortion issue? What have historic Marxist figures and regimes felt about it?

Marx and Engels---to my knowledge---did not address this issue directly. Engels' Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State makes very clear his belief that a woman's body is HERS, and the state should keep its hands off.

The Bolsheviks initiated a policy of free abortion on demand following the 1917 revolution (first governement to do so). Trotsky called abortion-on-demand 'one of [women's] most important civil, political and cultural rights' (The Revolution Betrayed, Doubleday, Doran and Co. 1937, p. 149).

Stalin reversed this policy in the 1930s, making (all) abortion illegal again.

Deduce from those facts what you may.

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