Intended Consequences

Intended Consequences : Birth Control, Abortion and the Federal Government in Modern America

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Starting in 1965, the federal government's role in family planning underwent a dramatic shift. From a policy of nonintervention, Republicans and Democrats actively supported state-funded programs covering artificial contraception, sterilization, and, after 1973, abortion. Donald Critchlow traces the inception, implementation, and politicization of federal involvement in birth control from the Kennedy Administration up to Bill Clinton's terms as President. The personal and the political is neatly interwoven in this story of the federal government's intervention in the most private aspect of American family life, shedding original light on the current culture wars over unwed motherhood, homosexual parenting, a woman's right to an abortion, drawing a political map of past choices and current more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195046579
  • 9780195046571

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"One can only admire the sheer volume of erudition and the sophisticated view of the policy process contained in this book; it exemplifies the new field of policy history at its very best."--Edward Berkowitz, American Historical Reveiw"A clear, well-written and extensively footnoted contribution to the history of family-planning policy that promises to become the standard work on the subject."-National Catholics Bioethics Quarterlyshow more

About Donald T. Critchlow

The author and editor of nine books, including The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control in Historical Perspective (1996) and most recently, With Us Always: Private Charity and Public Welfare (1998), Donald T. Critchlow is founding editor of The Journal of Policy History, has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and has taught at Hong Kong University and Warsaw more

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