Flowers for the doctor: pronatalism and abortion in fascist Milan

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    This article explores the reasons for the failure of the Fascist attempts to raise the Italian birth rate through an examination of the pro-natalist campaign in the great industrial and commercial city of Milan and its surrounding province. It then considers one of the specific ways in which the birth rate was kept down - illegal abortion - focusing in particular on the dramatic events surrounding the arrest of an illegal abortionist in the small textile town of Rho in 1928
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)44-62
    Number of pages19
    JournalModern Italy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


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