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At Women's Expense: State Power and the Politics of Fetal Rights

At Women's Expense: State Power and the Politics of Fetal Rights

by Cynthia Daniels
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No longer concerned with conception or motherhood, the new politics of fetal rights focuses on fertility and pregnancy itself, on a woman's relationship with the fetus. How exactly, Cynthia Daniels asks, does this affect a woman's rights? Are they different from a man's? And how has the state helped determine the difference? The answers, rigorously pursued throughout this book, give us a clear look into the state's paradoxical role in gender politics--as both a challenger of injustice and an agent of social control.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674050433
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1993
Pages: 191
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Cynthia R. Daniels is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fetal Rights, Gender Difference, and Political Power

1. Fetal Animation: The Political and Cultural Emergence of Fetal Rights

2. Bodily Integrity and Forced Medical Treatment: The Case of Angela Carder

3. From Protecting the Woman to Privileging the Fetus: The Case of Johnson Controls

4. The Politics of Vengeance: The Case of Jennifer Johnson

5. Toward a New Body Politics




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Daniels's detailed discussion of cases involving fetal protection versus maternal rights will engage law, and public policy…The book is approachable, written in ordinary English obfuscation and much of the folderol to which we are often treated these days…Daniels's text may prove to be a standard reference work for scholars in years to come.

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