The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control in Historical Perspective

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Donald T. Critchlow
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996 - Political Science - 180 pages

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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About the author (1996)

Donald T. Critchlow is Professor of History at Saint Louis University and the author of The Brookings Institution, 1916&–1952: Expertise and the Public Interest in a Democratic Society (1985), as well as the editor of five other books.

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