Drawing from a 13th-century manuscript depicting a pregnant woman in repose, while another holds some pennyroyal in one hand and prepares a concoction using a mortar and pestle with the other. Pennyroyal was historically used as an herbal abortifacient.
Soviet poster circa 1925, warning against midwives performing abortions. Translation: "Miscarriages induced by either trained or self-taught midwives not only maim the woman, they also often lead to death."
This Prolife Across America billboard features an adorable full-term baby.
Depiction of doctors from an 1888 exposé in the Chicago Times
1893 newspaper advertisement for cotton root, an abortifacient, termed a "female regulator"
Dr. Horatio Robinson Storer, who led a crusade against abortion in the late 1800s.
Demonstrators hold signs at the 2009 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who made inflammatory comments about abortion in August 2012.
St. Augustine, who theorized in the fifth century that the soul enters the body only after the body is fully formed
Pope Pius IX declared in 1869 that an embryo was a human being with a soul from the time of conception.
Ultrasound of an embryo at eight weeks
Ludwig Quessel, a German journalist who warned the "specter of a birth-strike" was haunting Europe at the turn of the 20th century
A Romney/Ryan campaign button identifies the prolife cause with the Republican Party.
An Obama bumper sticker identifies the prochoice cause with the Democratic Party.
Birth control advocate Margaret Sanger was prosecuted under the Comstock Act.
Pennyroyal, an herbal abortifacient
German demonstrators rally in favor of abortion rights in September 2009.