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J Soc Issues. 2005 Mar;61(1):181-91.

Controlling birth: science, politics, and public policy.

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Department of Psychology, Box 871104, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1104, USA.


Reproductive technologies raise a host of social and legal issues that challenge basic values and create intense controversy. If researchers wish to inform public policies related to reproductive technologies, they must understand how the scientific enterprise is being manipulated and research findings are being misrepresented to justify a particular social agenda and restrict access to contraception and abortion. To counter these distortions, scientists must defend the science advisory process, be involved in dissemination of their research findings beyond simply publication in scientific journals, and actively work to ensure that the findings are not misrepresented to the public.

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