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Author Farmer, Ann

Title By their fruits : eugenics, population control, and the abortion campaign / Ann Farmer
Published Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, ┬ę2008


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 421 pages)
Contents Foreword / by Lord David Alton -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Malthusianism and eugenics: a preamble -- The early abortion campaign, backstreet abortion, and eugenics -- Abortion, eugenics, and democracy -- The 1967 Abortion Act and eugenics -- After the Act: abortion, eugenics, and population control -- The abortion campaign: feminism, eugenics, and public policy -- Beyond abortion: a step into darkness? -- Appendix A: A note on historical sources -- Appendix B: English abortion law: a summary -- Works consulted -- Index
Summary "Ann Farmer illuminates a dark corner of modern Western history in her new study of the English abortion campaign. This book aims to correct long-held assumptions that the abortion campaign was the product of feminism and concern about backstreet abortion, and argues instead that it was the fruit of the eugenics/population control movement. Associated with Nazi Germany, eugenics is a social philosophy that advocates the improvement of the human race through various forms of intervention. Farmer argues; despite their compassionate rhetoric, female abortion advocates were all eugenicists obsessed with controlling the quality and quantify of mankind. In addition to abortion, birth control, and sterilization, "solutions" included even the lethal chamber; abortion advocates worked closely with American and German eugenicists despite Nazi anti-Semitism."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-404) and index
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Subject Eugenics -- Great Britain -- History
Birth control -- Great Britain -- History
Eugenics -- history
Contraception -- history
Abortion, Induced -- history
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
LAW -- Child Advocacy.
Birth control.
United Kingdom
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813218496