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Reproducing Patriarchy: Reproductive Rights Under Siege
by Pam Chamberlain and Jean Hardisty
The Public Eye Magazine - Vo. 14, No. 1

In the 1960s, when Catholics who were engaged in social justice work and feminist activism increasingly challenged the Church's prohibition against abortion, the Catholic Church responded with a reassertion of its long-standing condemnation of abortion, along with contraception, extra-marital sex, and homosexuality. Throughout the 1960s, the leadership of the Catholic Church in the United States organized against birth control. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) was founded in 1966 to condemn government support of contraception.

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