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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