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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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Abortion and Contraception in the Nineteenth Century

Abortion and Contraception in the Nineteenth Century

(p.14) 2 Abortion and Contraception in the Nineteenth Century
Who Chooses?

Simone M. Caron

University Press of Florida

This chapter summarizes the national discourse on contraception and then examines the changing context for abortion and birth control in Rhode Island from the 1830s to the turn of the twentieth century. Nativism influenced the abortion statutes passed in that state, but legislators pursued their own course with regard to contraception.

Keywords:   contraception, abortion, birth control, Rhode Island, reproductive policy, nativism

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