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Who Chooses?American Reproductive History since 1830$
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Simone M. Caron

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031996

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031996.001.0001

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A Brief Overview of American Reproductive History

A Brief Overview of American Reproductive History

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(p.1) 1 A Brief Overview of American Reproductive History
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Who Chooses?
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Simone M. Caron

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031996.003.0001

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

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