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Andrea Peto, Fanni Svegel: The Impacts of Wartime Rape and Gynecologists’ Lobbying Power on Birth Control in Hungary

Our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto and her co-author Fanni Svegel examine in their article, published in Per Aspera ad Astra, how wartime rape and the gynecologists’ lobbying power affected birth control in Hungary.

The authors investigate the connections between birth control and wartime rape during the two world wars, the new campaign in the early 50s and how the subsequent medicalization and administrative control affected at least one generation of women. They argue that the new policy in the 70s, the civic resistance and the regulation after the transition show the fragility of today’s equilibrium.

Read the full article (in Hungarian) here.

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