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With the start of 2018, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health reaches a major milestone: the beginning of its 50th year of publication. [email protected] celebrates this anniversary by revisiting and, well, putting in perspective archival materials that the journal’s editors consider highlights of its history.

Abortion Before and After Legalization

It is easy for Americans to forget that illegal abortion was common before the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that legalized the procedure across the nation—and that denying women access to legal abortion does not prevent them from having abortions, but just increases the likelihood that...

Emotional and Mental Health After Abortion

What abortion opponents claim: Having an abortion leads to emotional distress, negative feelings or mental health problems.

What the research shows: Women’s feelings after having an abortion vary, but several studies published in Perspectives...

Women’s Reasons for Having an Abortion

Why do women in the United States have abortions? An analysis published in Perspectives in 2005 used a mixed-methods approach to examine this question—a topic that had not been investigated for nearly 20 years....

Perspectives Turns 50

With the start of 2018, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health reaches a major milestone: the beginning of its 50th year of publication. Much has changed since the journal, originally called Family Planning Perspectives, debuted in the spring of 1969 as part of a broad...

IN 1969, THE YEAR PERSPECTIVES MADE ITS DEBUT:
  • Oliver! won the Oscar for best picture
  • The Beatles released Abbey Road
  • The "miracle" New York Mets won the World Series
  • Man reached the moon

AND

  • 1,872 U.S. counties, of a total of 3,072, had "no identifiable family planning program of any kind," leaving more than 1.4 million "medically indigent" women without services. [Read about it.]

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Perspectives may be accessed through Wiley Online Library (2003–) and JSTOR (1969–2011).

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine

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