Reproductive Issues In America


A comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of human reproduction issues in the United States with emphasis on the ethical and policy implications of cutting-edge reproductive technologies.

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A comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of human reproduction issues in the United States with emphasis on the ethical and policy implications of cutting-edge reproductive technologies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Particularly interesting are topics on abortion statistics and funding, assisted reproduction, cloning and stem cell research, contraception and sterility, alcohol use and HIV in prenant women, and sex education. Readers will appreciate the additional list of references at the end of some of the sections. Valuable glossary and subject index. Highly recommended. All levels."



"Reproductive Issues tackles a broader topic . . . A well-developed chronology and biographical sketched are included . . . an overview of the subject with pointers to further information . . ."


School Library Journal

"Provides a factual, unemotional look at the issues . . . good starting point for anyone doing research . . . Highschoolers, legislators, activists, scholars, and general information seekers would benefit from reading its pages . . . This book is a valuable resource and is recommended for high school, public, and academic library collections."


American Reference Books Annual

"This book would be appropriate for use in high school, public, and academic libraries for those interested in an introduction to the history, laws, and people involved in reproductive issues."



Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Herring takes a narrative approach to the history of abortion from biblical times through to the present day. His discussion of the moral, medical, and legal developments leading up to the modern feminist movement is particularly informative in framing the historical context of current debate. The author looks at Roe v. Wade and the response of the Catholic Church, the rise of the Moral Majority and the New Right, and the role of Operation Rescue. He continues with an examination of court battles between groups seeking to limit and protect abortion rights, concluding with the current partial-birth abortion fight and the effect of pre- and neonatal medical advances. Herring writes clearly and presents each side of the debate objectively. A few photos with minimal captioning are included. Reproductive Issues tackles a broader topic. The authors address their subject in terms of rights. Constraints on state intervention are examined. Abortion, fertility control and sterilization, artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, prenatal diagnosis, sex preselection, fetal surgery, genetic screening, and more are considered. A well-developed chronology and biographical sketches are included. "Facts and Statistics" attempts to give readers a sample of data, but it is not well organized. Reproductive Issues is not easy reading and lacks the narrative and human interest of Pro-Life. However, as an overview of the subject with pointers to further information, it serves its purpose, and the books complement one another nicely.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078167
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Reproductive Rights 1
The Framework of Reproductive Rights 1
Reproductive Rights in the United States 4
Constraints on State Intervention in Defining Responsible Parenthood 6
The Changing Relationship between Parents and Children 10
Fertility Control 11
Abortion: Colliding Rights and Complex Responsibilities 19
2 Issues in Conception and Pregnancy 37
Assisted Reproductive Technologies 37
Regulating Reproductive Technologies 49
Prenatal Diagnosis 56
Sex Preselection 59
Policy Issues in Prenatal Diagnosis 60
Fetal Surgery 61
Genetic Screening and Diagnosis 63
Obstetrical Procedures and the Courts 65
Pregnancy, Addiction, and the Law 69
Fetal and Embryo Research 76
Conclusions: Reproductive Technologies and Reproductive Rights 81
3 Chronology 89
4 Biographical Sketches 113
5 Facts and Statistics 137
Abortion 137
Assisted Reproduction 141
Cloning and Stem Cell Research 149
Coerced Obstetrical Intervention 153
Decision-Making by Pregnant Women 156
Contraception and Sterilization 161
HIV and Pregnancy 164
Sex Education 164
Alcohol Use among Pregnant Women and Nonpregnant Women 166
6 Organizations and Governmental Agencies 169
7 Print and Nonprint Resources 191
Books 191
Journals 197
Videos 199
Websites 217
Glossary 219
Index 227
About the Authors 241
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