How Does Congress Approach Population and Family Planning Issues?

How Does Congress Approach Population and Family Planning Issues?

Results of Qualitative Interviews With Legislative Directors

eBook - 1999
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Congressional opinions on issues related to population are highly polarized. Approximately 90 percent of Congress consistently votes either uniformly to support or uniformly to oppose population-related legislation--so the remaining 10 percent is likely to determine the fate of such initiatives. To determine how this critical group makes its decisions, researchers interviewed a sample of legislative directors (chosen as proxies, to allow in-depth interviews). Most respondents felt that the United States should continue to play a leading role internationally, but several also stressed that their members of Congress favor increased emphasis on multilateral approaches. A majority felt that world population growth is a problem but is not urgent. Nearly unanimous support was expressed for U.S. support of voluntary family planning when it is understood to exclude abortion. Congress would benefit from research-based, factual information on a variety of international population issues.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1999
ISBN: 9780585220611
Branch Call Number: 363.96 Pa
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 36 pages)


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