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Birth Control and the State

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In "Birth Control and the State" by Carlos Blacker, the author explores the complex relationship between government policies and the availability of birth control. Drawing on historical examples and current data, Blacker demonstrates how state intervention can impact individuals' reproductive choices and access to contraception.

Blacker argues that government regulations play a crucial role in shaping the availability and affordability of birth control options. He highlights the tension between individual rights and state interests, showing how political ideologies can influence reproductive health policies.

Throughout the book, Blacker presents a nuanced analysis of the ways in which state intervention can both support and hinder individuals' ability to control their own reproduction. By examining case studies from around the world, he provides a comprehensive overview of the different approaches that governments have taken towards birth control.

Overall, "Birth Control and the State" is a thought-provoking and well-researched exploration of a crucial issue in reproductive health. Blacker's insights will appeal to anyone interested in the intersection of politics, public health, and individual autonomy.

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This essay is one of a great number that endorse the principle of eugenics, a controversial study and practice that aims for society or government to 'self-direct' the course of human evolution. In this essay, one finds discussion of contraception, abortion, population growth and war, as well as questions of 'race.' One finds here a use of the term 'race' meaning something far different than what is used today. This is a provocative essay. - Summary by KevinS

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