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Family Planning in Israel: Irrationality and Ignorance

Dov Friedlander
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Feb., 1973), pp. 117-124
DOI: 10.2307/351104
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351104
Page Count: 8
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Family Planning in Israel: Irrationality and Ignorance
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Abstract

The concern over the population growth among the Jewish population in Israel is not new. Attempts to achieve fast population growth, mainly for political ends, have been made for several decades. This may explain why Israel's otherwise extensive public health services exclude family planning. Consequently, there is much public ignorance concerning family planning issues, and, in turn, a low usage of efficient contraceptives among many families wishing to control the number of their children, as is shown by a sample survey of the urban population. Nevertheless, family size is generally small or else in the process of decline which is achieved through the use of primitive contraceptive methods and also through extensive use of induced abortions. It is concluded that family planning programs are neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for achieving small family size, and that such programs are efficient in affecting fertility behavior only when applied in a socioeconomic context.

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