Reproductive Rights and the State: Getting the Birth Control, RU-486, Morning-after Pills and the Gardasil Vaccine to the U.S. Market

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U.S. Pro-Choice and Pro-Life
Groups’ Strategies since 1960

This chapter explains the pro-choice and pro-life movements’ trajectories since 1960. There are two policy regimes covered, the first one a fairly short time frame from 1960 until 1973, when women’s reproductive policy interests were aligned with the general government frame. The interest in both Democratic and moderate Republican administrations in global and U.S. population issues and aiding firms in those areas helped women to achieve national access to publicly-funded contraception. This was a significant development, even though women were only represented in single-digit percentages in Congress at the time. The symbol of the policy punctuation between the first period on reproductive drug policymaking in the United States and the second was the election of 1980, the start of a rolling realignment that continued through 1994 and the end of the George W. Bush administrations in 2008.1 The Reagan Revolution brought in a new electoral coalition to the Republican Party, including many former Democrats among the ranks of blue-collar workers, Catholics, and Southerners. The domestic ethos of his administrations was to shrink the size of government, and although his project, like those of most conservative governments, was not successful at the national level, it was successful in other realms. The main examples of his success were a seemingly

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