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The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control in Historical Perspective

Edited by Donald T. Critchlow

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$35.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-01570-5

182 pages
6" × 9"
1996

Issues in Policy History

The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control in Historical Perspective

Edited by Donald T. Critchlow

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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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.

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.

Contents

1. Birth Control, Population Control, and Family Planning: An Overview

Donald T. Critchlow

2. The Birth-Control Movement Before Roe v. Wade

James W. Reed

3. "Sound Law and Undoubtedly Good Policy": Roe v. Wade in Comparative Perspective

Ian Mylchreest

4. World Population Growth, Family Planning, and American Foreign Policy

John Sharpless

5. Cultural Politics at the Edge of Life

James Davison Hunter and Joseph E. Davis

6. The Right to Life Movement: Sources, Development, and Strategies

Keith Cassidy

7. The Survival of the Pro-Choice Movement

Suzanne Staggenborg

Selected Bibliography

Donald T. Critchlow and Christina Sanders

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