Charles IV and His Family, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1800. Prado Museum, Madrid.

Charles IV and His Family, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1800. Prado Museum, Madrid. 

Family

Volume V, Number 1 | winter 2012

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Family Planning

Fertility, contraception, and adoption practices from around the world.

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Miscellany

“What theological objections could the pope himself raise to a birth-control method that simply permitted parents to choose a son in preference to a daughter? After all, God did,” reasoned Clare Boothe Luce, a playwright and U.S. congresswoman, in an article published in the Washington Star in 1978, promoting the use of a hypothetical “man-child pill” that would control population growth by ensuring the birth of a boy.

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.

—Herodotus, 440 BC