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The politics of abortion and birth control in historical perspective

Author: Donald T Critchlow
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1996.
Series: Issues in policy history, #5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While there is extensive literature on the social history, politics, and legal aspects of birth control and abortion in the United States, the history of family planning as a policy remains to be fully recorded. This volume is intended to contribute to this history by examining birth control and abortion within a larger cultural, policy, and comparative framework. The essays contained in this volume represent a
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald T Critchlow
ISBN: 0271015705 9780271015705
OCLC Number: 33132898
Notes: "Originally published as a special issue of Journal of policy history (vol. 7, no. 1, 1995)"--Title page verso.
Description: 180 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Birth control, population control, and family planning: an overview / Donald T. Critchlow --
The birth-control movement before Roe v. Wade / James W. Reed --
"Sound law and undoubtedly good policy" : Roe v. Wade in comparative perspective / Ian Mylchreest --
World population growth, family planning, and American foreign policy / John Sharpless --
Cultural politics at the edge of life / James Davison Hunter and Joseph E. Davis --
The right to life movement: sources, development, and strategies / Keth Cassidy --
The survival of the pro-choice movement / Suzanne Staggenborg.
Series Title: Issues in policy history, #5.
Other Titles: Journal of policy history.
Responsibility: edited by Donald T. Critchlow.

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While there is extensive literature on the social history, politics, and legal aspects of birth control and abortion in the United States, the history of family planning as a policy remains to be fully recorded. This volume is intended to contribute to this history by examining birth control and abortion within a larger cultural, policy, and comparative framework. The essays contained in this volume represent a variety of perspectives and scholarly interests. In many.

Instances the authors differ with each other as well as with the editor on fundamental points of historical interpretation. They all, however, share a commitment to study the politics of population within a scholarly framework that emphasizes the importance of policy history for understanding past and contemporary problems.

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