By Aharon W. Zorea
For many of the nineteenth century, contraception was once no longer thought of a overall healthiness or clinical factor; all prohibitions and prosecutions relating to contraception have been carried out less than obscenity legislation. One such legislation, the Comstock Act of 1873, banned the distribution of contraceptives in addition to information regarding contraceptives. good over a hundred years later, contraception continues to be a hugely delicate topic.
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There is as yet no conclusive way to assess if the hormone prevents implantation, so it is impossible to determine if these postcoital contraceptives are also abortifacients. Despite the lack of quantifiable evidence on the subject, postcoital, or “emergency,” contraceptives remain very controversial because of their association with mifepristone and abortion. The moral debates extend beyond those who oppose artificial birth control on principle but also include those who otherwise support contraceptives but strongly oppose abortion.
These and other philosopher-based social scientists examined human society in the same way that a biologist might examine plants and animals. Human conception became one of many variables that could be manipulated to achieve some social or political ideal. In 1859, another intellectual child of Thomas Malthus, Charles Darwin, published The Origin of the Species, which postulated that animal life evolved over the course of millennia. He followed it up in 1871 with The Descent of Man, which suggested that humans arose from a similar process.
Civil Rights: To what extent is birth control a constitutionally protected right? How should the government guarantee access to birth control and for which methods? How can government policies safeguard the rights of minority populations while still serving the physical and moral health needs of the majority? TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL AND THEIR CONTROVERSIES 25 • Gender Equity: With whom should responsibility for birth control most rest: men or women? To what extent should spousal prerogatives determine family planning options?