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Dismantling Legal Constraints to Contraception in the 1900s


Abstract In the late nineteenth century, the Comstock Act of 1873 made the distribution of contraception illegal and classified contraception as an obscenity. Reflecting the predominant attitude towards contraception at the time, the Comstock Act was the first federal anti-obscenity law that targeted contraception. However, social acceptance of birth control changed at the turn of the twentieth century. In this thesis, I analyzed legislation, advocates, and literature pertinent to that social change to report on the events leading up to the decriminalization of contraception. Because of the complexity of social history, I used legislation and court cases to track pivotal movements that reflected a change in the accessibility and acceptability of bir... (more)
Created Date 2017-05
Contributor Malladi, Lakshmeeramya (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Thesis Director) / O'Neil, Erica (Committee Member) / Abboud, Alexis (Committee Member) / School of Molecular Sciences / School of Life Sciences / Barrett, The Honors College
Subject History / Reproductive Health / Contraception
Series Academic Year 2016-2017
Type Text
Extent 107 pages
Language English
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Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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