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Fulfilling the Promise: Public Policy and U.S. Family Planning Clinics

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For most of our nation's history, family planning was not considered a proper topic for public discussion, and government support in this area was largely unthinkable. That situation began to change at an extraordinary pace in the 1960s. The oral contraceptive burst onto the U.S. market in 1960, and it was immediately adopted by large numbers of American women who wanted a safe, reliable and convenient means to control their childbearing.