An exploration of the policy dilemmas with new fertility control techniques, this volume offers the first comprehensive treatment of the subject's technical, legal, and political dimensions. Robert H. Blank provides a detailed discussion of current state laws and court decisions, and extensive analysis of new fertility control techniques and their social and policy implications. Blank describes the political, institutional, and constitutional context of fertility control in the United States, examining the relationship between social structures and rapid advances in biomedical techlogy. He details invations in fertility control, particularly reversible methods, and reviews the legal context of both voluntary and n-consensual sterilization. Examining the myriad contemporary policy issues relating to fertility control, this book offers insights for devising a rational fertility control policy that will maximize benefits and minimize potential abuses. Written for the informed layperson, it is will also be valuable to professionals in health, policy analysis, bioethics, family planning, and public policy.
ROBERT H. BLANK is a Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is author of numerous books and articles, including Biomedical Technology and Public Policy (Greenwood Press, 1989), and Regulating Reproduction.