Abortion: History, Politics, and Reproductive Justice after Morgentaler

Abortion: History, Politics, and Reproductive Justice after Morgentaler


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Abortion: History, Politics, and Reproductive Justice after Morgentaler by Shannon Stettner

When Henry Morgentaler, Canada’s best-known abortion rights advocate, died in 2013, activists and scholars began to reassess the state of abortion in the country. In this volume, Canada’s foremost researchers challenge current thinking about abortion by revealing the discrepancy between what Canadians believe the law to be after the 1988 Morgentaler decision and what people are experiencing on the ground. Showcasing new theoretical frameworks and approaches from law, history, medicine, women’s studies, and political science, these timely essays reveal the diversity of abortion experiences across the country, past and present, and make a case for shifting the debate from abortion rights to reproductive justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774835749
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 08/31/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shannon Stettner teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Waterloo. Kristin Burnett is associate professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning and coordinator of the new graduate program in Social Justice Studies at Lakehead University. Travis Hay is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at York University. Contributors: Katrina Rose Ackerman, Rebecca Beausaert, Lori A. Brown, Frances E. Chapman, Marion Doull, Erika Dyck, Shoshanna Ehrlich, Kelly Gordon, Rachael Johnstone, Tracy Penny Light, Colleen MacQuarrie, Evelyne Morrissette, Beth Palmer, Jen Rinaldi, Laura Salamanca, Paul Saurette, Christabelle Sethna, Caitlin Scott, and Sarah Wiebe

Table of Contents

Introduction / Shannon Stettner, Kristin Burnett, and Travis Hay

Part 1: History1. Different Histories: Reproduction, Colonialism, and Treaty 7 Communities in Southern Alberta, 1880–1940 / Kristin Burnett2. Not Guilty but Guilty? Race, Rumour, and Respectability in the 1882 Abortion Trial of Letitia Munson / Rebecca Beausaert3. Abortion and Birth Control on the Canadian Prairies: Feminists, Catholics, and Family Values in the 1970s / Erika Dyck

Part 2: Experience4. He Is Still Unwanted: Women’s Assertions of Authority over Abortion in Letters to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada / Shannon Stettner5. Abortion on Trial: Abortion Tribunals in the 1970s and 1980s / Beth Palmer6. The Dark, Well‑Kept Secret: Abortion Experiences in the Maritime Provinces / Katrina Ackerman7. When Research Is Personal and Political: Researchers Reflect on the Study of Abortion / Marion Doull, Christabelle Sethna, Evelyne Morrissette, and Caitlin Scott

Part 3: Politics8. Functionally Inaccessible: Historical Conflicts in Legal and Medical Access to Abortion / Frances E. Chapman and Tracy Penny Light9. Morgentaler and the Technological Production of Embodiment / Jen Rinaldi10. Between a Woman and Her Doctor? The Medicalization of Abortion Politics in Canada / Rachael Johnstone11. Subverting the Constitution: Anti‑abortion Policies and Activism in the United States and Canada / Lori Brown, J. Shoshanna Ehrlich, and Colleen MacQuarrie

Part 4: Discourse and Reproductive Justice12. The Future of Pro‑choice Discourse in Canada / Kelly Gordon and Paul Saurette13. Reproductive Justice in Canada: Exploring Immigrant Women’s Experiences / Laura Salamanca

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