Men stand outside the National Anti-Suffrage Association headquarters around 1911. Men stand outside the National Anti-Suffrage Association headquarters around 1911. View Full Caption

Courtesy of the Library of Congress and Museum of the City of New York

EAST HARLEM — A Scottish woman was burned at the stake in the Middle Ages for wanting pain relief during the birth of her two twins, and for centuries women were told by male physicians what to eat, drink and think to speed up labor or get the gender of her choice.

Experts will discuss these and other issues concerning reproductive rights in a new three-part series, “Who Controls Women’s Health? A Century of


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