History of Regulating Family Size: A Western Perspective


  • Wendy Abigail Register Nurse School of Nursing &Midwifery, Flinders University, Australia



This article aims to provide an historical overview of contraception and termination of pregnancy for the purpose of providing insight into both these issues which impact on women’s fertility management and control. It will be shown that both these concepts are not new and that unsafe practices have impacted on maternal mortality rates worldwide. It is recommended that women have access to safe, reliable and affordable modern methods of contraception. Further, it is recommended that termination of pregnancy is legal, safe and accessible.


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