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By Helen D. Holmes (auth.), Helen B. Holmes, Betty B. Hoskins, Michael Gross (eds.)

Women such a lot totally adventure the results of human reproductive applied sciences. males who convene to judge such applied sciences speak about Itthem ": the ladies who needs to settle for, steer clear of, or maybe face up to those applied sciences; the ladies who eat applied sciences they didn't devise; the ladies who're the gadgets of regulations made by way of of girls is neither sought nor listened to. the boys. So usually the enter and views that girls deliver to the privileged insights attention of applied sciences in human copy are the topic of those volumes, which represent the revised and edited list of a Workshop on "Ethical matters in Human copy expertise: research via W omen" (EIR TAW), held in June, 1979, at Hampshire university in Amherst, Massachusetts. a few eighty individuals of the workshop, ninety percentage of them girls (from 24 states), represented various occupations and private histories, varied races and periods, various political commitments. They incorporated medical professionals, nurses, and scientists, lay midwives, buyer advocates, historians, and sociologists, attorneys, coverage analysts, and ethicists. every one consultation, although, made simple that ethics is a regular difficulty for girls quite often, in addition to a tutorial occupation for some.

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They formed a chorus bewailing the horrors of abortion, its hideous and fatal dimensions. Contraceptives were advanced as a preventative to the abortion nightmare. 3 Stella Browne, an active worker for socialist feminism in England, was unusual in endorsing both contraceptives and legal, safe abortions, founding the Abortion Law Reform Association in 1936. 4 For generations working class women had turned to abortion as the cheapest, easiest form of birth control, one that, unlike sheaths, abstinence, and withdrawal, did not require male compliance.

In 1957 and 1958, Fortune, Reader's Digest, Time, Newsweek, Scientific Digest, Coronet, Mademoiselle, etc. featured articles favorable to the pill. During the years 1963-1965, a similar media blitz accompanied the release of the IUD. Simultaneously, drug companies distributed to physicians free samples of the latest contraceptive, and bought national circulation for colorful, catchy advertisements that never mentioned the physical side J4 Berkman effects and risks. The ads stressed effectiveness, reliability, safety, ease, and sexual spontaneity.

Often waxing rhapsodic, these pioneering 19th century writers on sexuality and marriage, such as Edward Carpenter, Havelock Ellis, and Olive Schreiner, glorified a heterosexual communion that profoundly mingled spiritual and physical experience. Margaret Sanger and Marie Stopes shared this vision. But as the twentieth century advanced, this ideal of total, ecstatic union was reduced to mutual, hopefully simultaneous, orgasm. The contraceptive advocates of the mid-twentieth century were harnessed to a sexual revolution dislodged from the sexual idealism of a number of its nineteenth century forerunners.

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