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Laurie Schwab Zabin
Repoductive Health Activist and Researcher

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I should say something about [Dr. Alan Guttmacher] and the influence he had on me and this [family planning] movement. I remember his talking very early on, of the joy that it was when you delivered a baby - that it didn't matter how many thousands he had delivered - that moment of joy as a new life came into the world [was immeasurable].

The whole emphasis of the movement at that point was on the child -- 'Every child a wanted child' -- and I think so often when I look at tragedies all over the world and the tragic circumstances into which so many children are born, that we really ought to go back to that emphasis. This is not a movement that is only interested in women's bodies and women's rights as it is so often cast. Those are both vitally important and very important motivations, but they're not the whole story. It's the notion that every child has the right to born with joy into the arms of two parents that are committed to parenthood, that I think is the dynamism behind the movement.


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