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Jessica Waters

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 77: Women's Leadership in the Reproductive Rights Movement

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Women's Leadership in the Reproductive Rights Movement
Women's leadership in the reproductive rights movement

The central tenet of the reproductive rights movement in the United States is that women should be able to control their own fertility and, if they choose, limit their family size. Accordingly, the movement largely focuses on two fronts: the right to access birth control and contraception to prevent pregnancy and the right to access abortion to end a pregnancy.

The reproductive rights movement in the United States is a relatively young one. It was not until the late 19th century that the “voluntary motherhood” movement began to publicly advocate ...

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