"Momma's Got the Pill": How Anthony Comstock and Griswold v. Connecticut Shaped US Childbearing.

Abstract

The 1960s ushered in a new era in US demographic history characterized by significantly lower fertility rates and smaller family sizes. What catalyzed these changes remains a matter of considerable debate. This paper exploits idiosyncratic variation in the language of "Comstock" statutes, enacted in the late 1800s, to quantify the role of the birth control… (More)

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