Who Chooses?: American Reproductive History since 1830 / Edition 1

Who Chooses?: American Reproductive History since 1830 / Edition 1

by Simone M. Caron
     
 

In 1860, the American Medical Association launched a campaign to convince state legislatures to prohibit abortions. Until 1973's Roe v. Wade, abortion was often seen as a crime. Who Chooses? analyzes the forces at play in shaping reproductive policy in the United States.

 

Over the past two centuries, restrictive reproductive policies have

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Overview

In 1860, the American Medical Association launched a campaign to convince state legislatures to prohibit abortions. Until 1973's Roe v. Wade, abortion was often seen as a crime. Who Chooses? analyzes the forces at play in shaping reproductive policy in the United States.

 

Over the past two centuries, restrictive reproductive policies have often served as barriers to women's equality. The impact of these policies has been felt most poignantly at the local level by women endeavoring to control their daily lives. Simone Caron reveals that despite attempts by population controllers to shape the populace according to their own agendas, women throughout the years have sought means to choose for themselves the best reproduction option to suit their personal situation. She examines the political, moral, and economic forces that shaped reproductive policies and the impact they have had on women's ability to choose how to control their bodies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813031996
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
03/23/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Simone M. Caron is chair and associate professor of history at Wake Forest University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables     ix
Abbreviations     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
A Brief Overview of American Reproductive History     1
Abortion and Contraception in the Nineteenth Century     14
Race Suicide, Eugenics, and Contraception, 1900-1930     44
Population Control and the Great Depression, 1930-1939     81
World War II, the Baby Boom, and the Population Explosion, 1939-1963     119
Who Pays? Contraceptive Services and the Welfare State, 1963-1975     149
Who Pays for What? Abortion and Sterilization, 1960-1975     187
Backlash, 1973-2000     221
Conclusion     251
"Letter to the President and Councilors of the State Medical Society," 1860   Henry Miller     257
"Memorial to the Governor and Legislature of the State of Rhode Island," 1860   Henry Miller     259
Recommended State Statute   Horatio R. Storer     261
1861 Rhode Island Abortion Statute     263
1867 Rhode Island Abortion Statute     265
Notes     267
Bibliography     323
Index     357

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