Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2016

First Advisor

Fred Kaufman

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


For most of history every abortion was a herbal abortion. Herbal abortion is exactly what it sounds like––a series of herbs that, if taken at the right time, in the right form and dosage, can induce a miscarriage. It's risky, under researched and rarely supported. But with women's clinic dwindling all over the country and a president elect who wants to repeal Roe v. Wade, herbal abortion might soon make a major come back–– for better or worse.

Link to capstone project:

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Herbal abortion tea next to dried mugwort and pennyroyal on a plate.

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Dried mugwort and pennyroyal herb on a plate.

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An herbal abortion tea made of mugwort and pennyroyal in a coffee mug.

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Herbal abortion tea next to dried mugwort and pennyroyal on a plate.

DATA_ORIGINAL_Maya_Lewis.csv (6 kB)
Data, information and sources used to make Knight Lab TimelineJS3 on the history of herbal abortion.



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