In this groundbreaking work on American public policy and human fertility control, policies and practices of the 70s, 80s, and 90s are reviewed and analyzed in each of the fifty states. Arguing that morality politics have helped make fertility policies contentious and complex, McFarlane and Meier conclude that current policies are inadequate for addressing unintended pregnancy and even contribute to high abortion rates. The authors offer alternative public policy designed to be more effective in the future.

Contraception and Abortion: A Historical Overview

Contraception and abortion: A historical overview

FERTILITY CONTROL IS a universal phenomenon. In every known culture—literate or preliterate, primitive or modern—people have attempted to regulate their fertility. What has varied is the efficacy and safety of preconception and postconception practices, the dissemination of these methods, and the ...

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