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The term "reproductive politics" was coined by feminists in the 1970s to describe contemporary Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other satellite issues. Forty years later, questions about reproductive rights are just as complex--and controversial--as they were then. Focusing mainly on the United States, Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® explores the legal, political, religious, social, ethical, and medical dimensions of this hotly contested arena.
Tracing the historical roots of reproductive politics up through the present, Rickie Solinger considers a range of topics from abortion and contraception to health care reform and assisted reproductive technologies. Solinger tackles some of the most contentious questions up for debate today, including the definition of "fetal personhood," and the roles poverty and welfare policy play in shaping reproductive rights. The answers she provides are informative, balanced, and sometimes quite surprising.
Offering a wide range of information in an accessible and engaging manner, Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® orients readers and provides the knowledge necessary to follow the debates in this important and continually evolving field.
What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
About the Author
Rickie Solinger is a historian and curator. She has written and edited a number of books about reproductive politics, including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade and Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the U.S. Solinger has organized exhibitions that have traveled to 140 college and university galleries over the past eighteen years. She lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
Table of Contents
1. What is "Reproductive Politics"
2. Why History Matters
3. The Legal Context
4. Religious Views and Their Impacts
5. Population Issues and Reproductive Politics
6. Public Policy and Reproductive Politics
7. Contemporary "Values" Debates over Reproductive Politics
8. Teenage Pregnancy and Single Pregnancy in the U.S.
10. Contemporary Abortion Politics I: Opinions and Science
11. Contemporary Abortion Politics II: Experience and Practice
12. Contemporary Abortion Politics III: Activism, Law, and Public Policy
14. Family PLanning and Reproductive Technologies
16. The Environment and Reproductive Politics
17. Disability and Reproductive Politics
18. Birthing and Reproductive Politics
19. Health Care Reform and Reproductive Politics
20. Global Perspectives on Reproductive Politics
21. Men and Reproductive Politics
22. Language and Frameworks