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Deborah R. McFarlane is professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. She is the author, with K.J. Meier, of The Politics of Fertility Control: Family Planning and Abortion Politics in the American States (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2001). McFarlane worked as an administrator and a consultant in reproductive health in the U.S. and internationally for more than three decades.

Deborah McFarlane and her daughter
Deborah McFarlane and her daughter, Cosi, 2006.

During three decades with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jack C. Smith, M.S., made numerous contributions to public health, particularly in the areas of family planning and reproductive health. He was well known for his work with the state offices of vital and health statistics (including New York City and the District of Columbia) in enhancing public health surveillance of infant mortality, legal induced abortion, and maternal mortality. Jack retired from CDC in 1999 and began planning for an oral history project to document the family planning movement. He had secured a planning grant and institutional partners to conduct the interviews and preserve them at the time of his death in 2000.

Jack Smith
Jack Smith

Rebecca Sharpless directed the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from 1993 to 2006. She is the author of Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices: Women on Texas Cotton Farms, 1900-1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). She is also co-editor, with Thomas L. Charlton and Lois E. Myers, of Handbook of Oral History (AltaMira Press, 2006). In 2006 she joined the department of history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rebecca Sharpless
Rebecca Sharpless, 2003

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