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Extent 25 boxes
Extent 1 transfer box
Extent 2 transfer boxes
Title Birth Control Campaign
Date 1971-1977
Box Number 1-25
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Name Birth Control Campaign
Birth Control Trust
Description The largest section of the papers received from the BCC relates to Parliamentary action on wider provision of male sterilisation (vasectomy), free provision of contraception under the NHS, and general improved NHS facilities for contraception, abortion and sterilisation. There is also a large section of press cuttings, and files relating to the internal organisation of the campaign, various attempts to promote and publicise its aims, and relations with other bodies in connected fields.

The collection is divided into sections as follows:

A Organistion and Internal Matters

B Publicity and Promotion

C Other bodies

D Parliamentary Matters

E Press cuttings

Historical Background

The Birth Control Campaign was the pressure group of the Birth Control Trust (a registered charity), although it was set up before the Trust in 1971. It took political action in the form of lobbying for National Health Services in this field, and defended and promoted existing legislation, such as the 1967 Abortion Act. The Trust, however, published pamphlets on aspects of birth control, abortion and population and acted as an information resource centre: being a charity it could defend existing law but not campaign for changes.

From 1971 to 1974 the Birth Control Campaign campaigned for the wider provision of male sterilisation (vasectomy) and for completely free provision of contraception under the NHS. After 1974, when legislation was passed on these matters, the BCC turned its attention to campaigning for improved NHS facilities for contraception, abortion and sterilisation and for these services to be advertised and promoted. The Campaign was also been actively involved in opposing attempts to restrict the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Acquisition Details The bulk of these archives were given to the Wellcome Library by the Birth Control Trust in February 1986. Subsequent supplementary accessions were donated in December 1998 and June 1999 (along with the archives of CO-ORD: the campaign to defend the 1967 Abortion Act). Some of the supplementary material has not yet been catalogued.
Accession Number 229
Accession Number 2392
Accession Number 783
Accession Number 800
Accruals Acc 783: Some miscellaneous files of the BCC, among accession of records from several related bodies, 1970s-1990s

Acc 800: AGMs, 1971-1982, minutes of Management Committee, 1971-1981, 1987-1992, minutes and agenda papers early 1990s; correspondence, including on free birth control under NHS and late abortions; publications, handouts and leaflets; briefings; Parliamentary matters; papers on time-limit; press-cuttings; miscellaneous matters

Access Status Certain restrictions apply
Access Conditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, with the exception of SA/BCC/C/1/11 which is Restricted Access. To view this item, readers will need to complete the appropriate form.
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Abbreviations used in the catalogue:

ALRA: Abortion Law Reform Association

BCC: Birth Control Campaign

BCT: Birth Control Trust

FPA: Family Planning Association

NAC: National Abortion Campaign

NHS: National Health Service

SPUC: Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child

Subject Abortion, Legal
Subject Family Planning Services
Subject Demography
MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
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