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A Brief Overview of American Reproductive History

Simone M. Caron

in Who Chooses?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031996
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031996.003.0001
A Brief Overview of American Reproductive History

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the reproductive choices available to individuals since the mid-nineteenth century. It seeks to determine who chooses for whom and on what grounds. It traces the emergence of contraception and abortion as social, medical, and legal issues in the nineteenth century to the contemporary policy of publicly supported fertility control. The chapter then presents a historical overview of the control of reproduction. This is followed by discussions of the liberalization of contraception, abortion, judicial review of abortion, and the case of Rhode Island.

Keywords: reproductive choices; contraception; abortion; reproductive policy; Rhode Island

Chapter.  5455 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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