If the current and new laws being introduced and passed that limit women's rights to reproductive choices offends you, check out UniteWomen.org and the marches across the US on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Also, see this video with Susan Sarandon (NSFW) at Funny Or Die: http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/6s3r.
Healthy People 2020(1) contains many goals for improving people’s health in the US by 2020. The 10 year agenda includes many aspects of health, including family planning.
There have been four previous Healthy People initiatives.(2) The initiative involves the work of multiple agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Health and Human Services. Several lead federal agencies are involved.
While a debate about contraception and health insurance coverage continues, many government officials are working to get the US statistics on par with other Western countries. The US government set a broad family planning goal to “improve pregnancy planning and spacing, and prevent unintended pregnancy.”
Healthy People 2020 Family Planning Objectives(3)
Looking at the contraception controversy through the moral panic paradigm provides insight into the current politicization of contraception.
Jock Young is credited with first using the term “moral panic.” (1) Young, a British sociologist, published 1971 a discussion of 'the moral panic over drug-taking’ and noted how the panic increased the number of arrests. (1, 2) Stanley Cohen used the term and showed the characteristics of a moral panic by examining 1960s Britain and the fights between Mods and Rockers.
Moral panics (1) have several key elements:
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