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Population Planning and Policies: Central Asia
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Throughout most of the twentieth century, the principal method of birth control in the former Soviet Union was abortion (Popov 1993). The reasons for this preference include permissive laws and the availability of state-supported medical facilities. The government's position on abortion varied over the years, depending on perceptions of the birth rate and the medical establishment's attitudes toward different contraceptives. In particular, oral contraceptives, which enjoyed enormous popularity i…

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Artaman, Ali, “Population Planning and Policies: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0186b>
First published online: 2009

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