‘Confused with prejudice and muddled thinking’: preventing pregnancy

Leanne McCormick

in Regulating Sexuality

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719076640
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702666 | DOI:
‘Confused with prejudice and muddled thinking’: preventing pregnancy

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This chapter focuses on the establishment of family-planning clinics in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the growth of a family-planning service in the 1950s and 1960s, explaining that while the rest of the United Kingdom opened family-planning clinics in the early 1920s, it was only in 1936 that such a clinic was opened in Northern Ireland. Governmental legislation was also implemented later in Northern Ireland. The chapter also considers the issue of abortion, where legislation in Northern Ireland differs significantly from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Keywords: family-planning clinic; Belfast; Northern Ireland; family-planning services; United Kingdom; abortion

Chapter.  11406 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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