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From the Publisher"Schroedel, a professor of politics and policy, offers a demanding but quite valuable analysis of how different states address the issues of whether the fetus has legal protected 'personhood.' "—Mary Carroll. Booklist. July 2000.
"A thoughtful legal and philosophical examination of the problem of fetal personhood, with implications for public policy and criminal law. . . . A well-researched and well-reasoned contribution to our continuing and contentious national conversation on fetal personhood and abortion laws."—Kirkus Reviews, August 2000.
"Neither the title nor the jacket design does justice to this book. . . Schroedel concludes. . . that fetal protection policies are really about controlling women. . . This book should be required reading for the US Supreme Court as it enters the fray this term in Ferguson v. Charleston. A timely, important, and highly recommended book."—Choice, March 2001
"Jean Reith Schroedel's provocative and well-researched book tests the rhetoric of the prolife movement, which focuses on the protection of the most vulnerable among us, and the rhetoric of the prochoice movement, which focuses on the protection of women's equality and autonomy. By examining the degree to which antiabortion forces also support other measures to enhance the well-being of fetuses and infants, Schroedel concludes that their motivations are better explained by a resistance to female autonomy. . . Schroedel's book develops important evidence for the claim that this battle will not be won or lost by our regard for fetal life, but rather by our regard for women's equality and the obligations of all people, men and women, to make sacrifices for others."—R. Alta charo, J.D., University of Wisconsin. The New England Journal of Medicine. Vol. 343, No. 23
"States with the strongest antiabortion laws generally are among the states that spend less on needy children and are less likely to criminalize the battering or killing of fetuses in pregnant women by a third party, according to a provocative new study. The study, the first of its kind . . . says that states with strong antiabortion laws provide less funding per child for foster care, stipends for parents who adopt children with special needs, and payments for poor women with dependent children than do states with strong abortion rights laws. . . . 'To put it simply, pro-life states make it difficult for women to have abortions, but they do not help these women provide for the children once born, ' Schroedel said."—William Claiborne, The Washington Post. October 9, 1999.
"The background on the legislative problem as well as the amount and quality of data by itself make Schroedel's book an excellent primer for those interested in working on abortion legislation and policy in the years to come. . . Schroedel's book should be considered basic reading for anyone interested in the ethics and politics of abortion."—Ida Roy, University of Pennsylvania. Theoretical Medicine Vol. 22, 2001
"One of the favorite tactics of pro-lifers is to accuse abortion rights supporters of being anti-child, hyperindividualistic, unwilling to protect the vulnerable and generally in favor of 'death.' The truth is almost the opposite. Jean Reith Schroedel's book supports the pro-choice quip that anti-choicers' concern for children begins with conception and ends with birth, finding 'virtually no support' for the antiabortion claim that opposition to abortion is all about caring for kids. Empirical research is a wonderful thing."—Katha Pollitt
"This unique book takes a broad and inclusive sweep, covering abortion laws, drug abuse/narcotic exposure laws, fetal battering, tort law on fetal harm, civil detention of pregnant women, fetal tissue research, and more. Jean Schroedel takes a creative leap to show how these policies and practices are all related and should be examined through the same lens, as responses to the same real-world problem (the well-being of vulnerable people). An excellent book."—Deborah Stone, author of Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making