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  •  People of childbearing age "can't remember a time (6+ / 0-)

    the birth control pill wasn't available," before May 9, 1960."

    People like the bishops and Santorum don't want them to remember those days either:  

    ...By 1960, the baby boom was taking its toll. Mothers who had four children by the time they were 25 still faced another 15 to 20 fertile years ahead of them. Growing families were hemmed into small houses, cramped by rising costs. "By the end of the fifties, the United States birthrate was overtaking India's," Betty Friedan would write in The Feminine Mystique in 1963. Both men and women were beginning to ask, "Is this all there is?"
    •  Absolutely! (5+ / 0-)

      I would also suggest reading, The Girls Who Went Away. Which is about women who were forced to give birth and often forced to adopt their babies out --before Roe V Wade.

    •  If you look at a timeline (1+ / 0-)
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      of vasectomy history, it's pretty fascinating -- while early uses got a bad reputation because of eugenics practices or were mainly to prevent infection in prostate surgeries pre-antibiotics, it seems that with the advent of the single-incision method in 1955 that things really started taking off.

      I found out after my father-in-law died that he'd had a vasectomy after the birth of his second child in 1957; he and my mother-in-law considered having a third child (they had two boys and she wanted a girl), but knew that another pregnancy would have been extremely risky on her health, yet they weren't about to give up their sex life.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 12:28:01 PM PST

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