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The Politics of the Pill: Gender, Framing, and Policymaking in the Battle over Birth Control

Rachel VanSickle-Ward and Kevin Wallsten


This book assesses the impact of gender in shaping debates over birth control in the United States. While situating itself in the appropriate historical context, this book’s primary focus is on the controversies surrounding insurance coverage of contraception between Congress’s 2009 deliberations over the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s 2016 ruling in Zubik v. Burwell. Specifically, the book addresses three interrelated questions about the politics of the pill during this often contentious seven-year period: Who spoke? What did they say? Did it matter? In answering these questions, ... More

Keywords: gender, representation, framing, public policy, public opinion, media, contraception, birth control, Affordable Care Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190675349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190675349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel VanSickle-Ward, author
Associate Professor of Political Studies, Pitzer College

Kevin Wallsten, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach