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Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government in Modern America-Donald T. Critchlow

  • Title: Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government in Modern America
  • Author: Donald T. Critchlow
  • Released: 2001-05-10
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  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 0195145933
  • ISBN13: 978-0195145939
  • ASIN: 0195145933

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In Intended Consequences, Donald Critchlow outlines how postwar federal family-planning policy came to be a political hot potato costing over $700 million a year. The 65 pages of footnotes to the book reveal the welter of data--much of it previously unexamined or recently released--he draws on to create this meticulously detailed monograph. The study operates at many levels and focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on the United States. Critchlow examines how "birth control" became "family planning" and discusses the fight over whether to include abortion under that rubric. He traces the ways in which federal family-planning policy has been influenced both by individuals like John D. Rockefeller III and by mass mobilization of public interests such as the pro- and anti-abortion lobbies. And he sets all this in the context of changing social, political, and cultural norms and mores on sex, family, women's rights, and the role of government. Recommended reading for interested scholars and policymakers. --Julia Riches --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"This is policy history at its best. With an eye for both telling detail and larger cultural trends, Critchlow demonstrates the value of careful, impartial historical research on a subject filled with partisan assertion and misinformation. For anyone seeking a historically grounded understanding of the federal government's role in family planning, this is the place to begin."--Hugh Heclo, George Mason University


"This is policy history at its best. With an eye for both telling detail and larger cultural trends, Prof. Critchlow demonstrates the value of careful, impartial historical research on a subject filled with partisan assertion and misinformation. For anyone seeking a historically grounded understanding of the Federal government's role in family planning, this is the place to begin."--Hugh Heclo, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, George Mason University


"Intended Consequences provides a superb account of the evolution of federal policy on population issues, family planning, and abortion. Based on prodigious research in little used sources, it illuminates the interaction of philanthropic foundations and popular pressure groups in shaping policy. The themes are controversial, but Critchlow's tone is moderate, his insights shrewd, and his judgements balanced. A work of permanent value." --J. Philip Gleason, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame


"Nothing puzzles foreign observers of American politics more than the centrality of conflict over public policy on abortion. That conflict appears multifaceted, passionate, recurrent--and out of all proportion to policy impact. Don Critchlow provides a firmly rooted and richly textured picture of its emergence, sufficient to convert the puzzle into an explanation. It is a story where many consequences were not intended, but Intended Consequences proves to be a diagnostic example of what policy history should be." --Bryon E. Shafer, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, Oxford University


"This useful survey of an important topic is appropriate for both public and academic libraries."--Library Journal


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