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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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I.C.22. Issue Files -- Women's Issues, 1983-1992

+ Series I.C.22. -- Scope and Content Note
+ Series I.C.22. -- Contents List

Extent: 2 linear feet

Boxes: 49 - 50

Contents: Correspondence, notes, memoranda, legislation, publications, reports, and other printed materials.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.


This subseries highlights issues relating to women's health, reproductive health and rights, breast cancer treatment, economic equity, and employment. The Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, of which Carper was a member, is well-represented in this subseries via their Updates and weekly memoranda highlighting pending issues and legislation.

A large portion of this subseries is devoted to reproductive health and rights, and includes papers and legislation on parental consent, minors and access to abortion services, and fetal tissue research. This series is particularly rich in background files and research related to effects of parental consent on minors seeking abortions, and court cases such as Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey, Hodge v. Minnesota, and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. This was an active time for court decisions pertaining to provision of information on all choices available to pregnant women, and modifications of the 1973 landmark ruling by the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade. Controversy related to these issues is well-documented by the files in this subseries.

Legislation known as Title X, a part of the Public Health Service Act of 1985, comprises a large part of the subseries. Title X dealt with family planning funding, research, training of family planning staff, and information and education relation to sexuality. Title X's purpose was to provide low-income women and teenagers access to voluntary family planning services, and it was viewed as a way to reduce the need for abortion. Carper felt that a decision on abortion was a very personal one that should be decided between a woman and her physician. He supported a woman's right to seek an abortion in the months before fetal viability but not after, unless the health of the mother was in jeopardy. Carper also advocated parental notification, but not necessarily consent, citing the potential for harmful delays in the process.

Another important piece of legislation in this series dealt with H.R. 2, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1991. This bill, passed by the House, provided for twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year for employees to care for new or sick children, or spouses, or for personal medical care. The bill, which President George Bush had promised to veto, was amended and passed as the Gordon-Hyde substitute.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)

Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches, photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.

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