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Author Critchlow, Donald T., 1948-

Title Intended consequences : birth control, abortion, and the federal government in modern America / Donald T. Critchlow
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1999


Description 1 online resource (x, 307 pages) : tables
Contents Introduction -- Laying the foundation for federal family planning policy : the Eisenhower-Kennedy years -- Moving forward quietly : family planning in the Johnson administration -- Implementing the policy revolution under Johnson and Nixon -- The backlash : Roman Catholics, contraceptives, abortion, and sterilization -- Richard Nixon and the politicization of family planning policy -- Contesting the policy terrain after "Roe" : from Reagan to Clinton -- Conclusion
Summary After World War II, U.S. policy experts--convinced that unchecked population growth threatened global disaster--successfully lobbied bipartisan policy-makers in Washington to initiate federally-funded family planning. This book deftly chronicles how the government's involvement in contraception and abortion evolved into one of the most bitter, partisan controversies in American political history. The growth of the feminist movement in the late 1960s fundamentally altered the debate over the federal family planning movement, shifting its focus from population control directed by established interests in the philanthropic community to highly polarized pro-abortion and anti-abortion groups mobilized at the grass-roots level. And when the Supreme Court granted women the Constitutional right to legal abortion in 1973, what began as a bi-partisan, quiet revolution during the administrations of Kennedy and Johnson exploded into a contentious argument over sexuality, welfare, the role of women, and the breakdown of traditional family values. This text encompasses over four decades of political history, examining everything from the aftermath of the Republican moral revolution during the Reagan and Bush years to the current culture wars concerning unwed motherhood, homosexuality, and the further protection of women's abortion rights. Critchlow's carefully balanced appraisal of federal birth control and abortion policy reveals that despite the controversy, the family planning movement has indeed accomplished much in the way of its intended goal--the reduction of population growth in many parts of the world. "Intended Consequences" unfolds the history of how the federal government found its way into private American bedrooms
Bibliography Includes chapter notes with bibliographical references (pages [239]-296), and index
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Subject USA Government
Birth control -- Government policy -- United States
Abortion -- Government policy -- United States
Politics, Practical.
Family Planning Policy
Abortion, Legal
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Abortion & Birth Control.
Politics, Practical
Abortion -- Government policy
Birth control -- Government policy
Politics and government
Social policy
Régulation des naissances -- Politique publique -- États-Unis.
Avortement -- Politique publique -- États-Unis.
United States -- Social policy.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States
United States
États-Unis -- Politique sociale.
Genre/Form Instructional and educational works.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1423736729
Other Titles Birth control, abortion, and the federal government in modern America