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Contraception in the US #111304

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 14, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States ranking in contraception programs available to citizens noted.

(NYC: Dr. Tim Johnson) Americans' limited selection of birth control techniques legally available to them examined; scenes shown. [Teri ELLISON - resents having to go to Canada.] Contraceptives available international reviewed. [Dr. David GRIMES - notes Third World offers wider range of contraceptives to women.] United States situation said believed linked to Dalkon Shield controversy; details recalled. [Johns Hopkins spokesperson Laurie LISKIN - feels all women suffer from legacy of Dalkon Shield.] Searle, major United States manufacturer of IUDs, noted withdrawing from American market in 1986 as result. [Planned Parenthood spokesperson Dr. Louise TYRER - comments.] [Alan Guttmacher Institution spokesperson Richard LINCOLN - cites number United States contraceptive companies surviving.] Impact of political issues explained. [TYRER - notes National Insts. of Health's annual budget equals quarter hour of Defense Department's.] [LISKIN - notes combination of conservative administration and right-wing perception of contraceptives as abortion.] Implant device Norplant's availability international but not in United States discussed. [LISKIN -cites Norplant's safe track record.] [Population Council spokesperson Dr. Wayne BARDIN - agrees.] Implications of issue for teenagers and the poor considered.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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