Melissa Proctor

MELISSA PROCTOR earned her B.A. in Near Eastern Studies at Brigham Young University in 1997. Before graduation, she spent a semester abroad in Jerusalem and served a mission to Tokyo, Japan. She received her M.A. in Biblical Studies in 2001 from Yale Divinity School. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at Brown University in the Religious Studies De￾partment. Melissa has taught courses that range from Biblical Hebrew to Philosophy of Religion, and her research interests include Mormon Stud￾ies, Biblical Interpretation, and Christian Ethics. She teaches Gospel Doc￾trine in her singles ward in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bodies, Babies, and Birth Control

Articles/Essays – Volume 36, No. 3

Dialogue 36.3 (Fall 2003): 159–175
In this paper I will explore official and unofficial messages that theLDS church has sent to girls and women about childbearing during the twentieth century and the effect those messages have had on women’sreproductive choices.

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