About Abortion

Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America

Author: Carol Sanger

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674737723

Category: Abortion

Page: 320

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One of the most private decisions a woman can make, abortion is also one of the most contentious topics in American civic life. Protested at rallies and politicized in party platforms, terminating pregnancy is often characterized as a selfish decision by women who put their own interests above those of the fetus. This background of stigma and hostility has stifled women's willingness to talk about abortion, which in turn distorts public and political discussion. To pry open the silence surrounding this public issue, Sanger distinguishes between abortion privacy, a form of nondisclosure based on a woman's desire to control personal information, and abortion secrecy, a woman's defense against the many harms of disclosure. Laws regulating abortion patients and providers treat abortion not as an acceptable medical decision-let alone a right-but as something disreputable, immoral, and chosen by mistake. Exploiting the emotional power of fetal imagery, laws require women to undergo ultrasound, a practice welcomed in wanted pregnancies but commandeered for use against women with unwanted pregnancies. Sanger takes these prejudicial views of women's abortion decisions into the twenty-first century by uncovering new connections between abortion law and American culture and politics. New medical technologies, women's increasing willingness to talk online and off, and the prospect of tighter judicial reins on state legislatures are shaking up the practice of abortion. As talk becomes more transparent and acceptable, women's decisions about whether or not to become mothers will be treated more like those of other adults making significant personal choices.

The Abolition of Woman

How Radical Feminism Is Betraying Women

Author: Fiorella Nash

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1642290467

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 1965


For the great majority on both sides of the abortion debate, the idea of a pro-life feminist is the ultimate contradiction in terms. Abortion has become so central to feminist thinking that women who affirm their belief in both women's empowerment and the inalienable right to life can find themselves viewed with suspicion and hostility from both sides. Yet the author of this book is indeed a pro-life feminist, and her insightful analysis of contemporary issues can provide the basis for common ground between those defending human rights. This book unashamedly calls mainstream feminists, journalists and Western politicians to account for their silence and – in some cases – vocal justification of the persecution of women because of an absolutist loyalty to abortion. It asks uncomfortable questions to those who claim to believe in women's empowerment: Where is their passionate outrage when Chinese women are forcibly aborted and sterilised? Where is their concern for the thousands of baby girls killed by abortion every year because their lives are held as worthless simply for being female? What about the thousands of women used as surrogates for wealthy Western couples, treated as chattels and denied their most basic human rights? But the book also tackles difficult issues for the pro-life side—the need for a sensitive, realistic approach to problematic pregnancies and the importance of confronting the continued exploitation and abuse of women within a sexualised society. Pro-life feminism is not only possible; it is vital if the complex struggles facing women are to be adequately met. The Abolition of Woman is a rallying cry to feminists to stand with the pro-life movement, fighting to build a society in which women are equal and every human life is protected.

Abortion in the United States: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition

Author: Dorothy E. McBride,Jennifer L. Keys

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440853371

Category: Social Science

Page: 387

View: 8278


Distinctive in its use of two disciplinary lenses—sociology and political science—Abortion in the United States provides a balanced scholarly analysis of the most salient issues in the pro-life/pro-choice debate. • Traces the continually shifting landscape of public opinion, spotlighting millennial and male perspectives and the factors that shape abortion beliefs • Offers an intersectional analysis of restricted access to abortion, paying particular attention to the sociodemographic characteristics of women who have abortions and the lived experiences of making pregnancy decisions amidst the political controversy • Accentuates the role that institutions including schools, pharmacies, the military, prisons, and immigration detention facilities play in determining women's reproductive decisions • Features an analysis of movement-countermovement dynamics and relies on scientific evidence to investigate contested claims over emergency contraception, late-term abortions, and the safety of the abortion procedure and its psychological outcomes

Reproductive Rights

Author: Anne Cunningham

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1534502068

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 104

View: 9006


There has been a neat divide in the United States and elsewhere between the "pro-choice" and "pro-life" camps. Reproductive rights are more expansive than the abortion debate. Access to affordable health services is a fundamental right, yet women, who are subject to discrimination, poverty, and violence at a higher rate than men, are at risk for losing access to screenings, maternal care, and contraception. Does the government have the right to legislate women's health? This close examination provides perspectives from all sides to help readers understand what is at stake.

Abortion Wars

A Half Century of Struggle, 1950–2000

Author: Rickie Solinger

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520209527

Category: Social Science

Page: 413

View: 4143


A "pro-rights" collection of essays by abortion providers, journalists, legal strategists, and philosophers includes a timeline of events from 1940 to the present

Encyclopedia of Privacy: A-M

Author: William G. Staples

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313334788

Category: Privacy, Right of

Page: 676

View: 2384


Writing in their famous Harvard Law Review article of 1890, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren asserted what many have considered one of the most cherished American values: the "right to be let alone." Yet in this post-9/11 world, it seems that personal privacy is under siege. New threats to privacy have arisen in the face of competing social, political, and economic demands, rapid technological change, and an intrusive and voyeuristic mass media. Citizens are barraged on a daily basis with stories of corporate data mining, government surveillance programs, identity theft, and computer hacking of personal information. As a result, citizens are becoming increasingly concerned about their personal privacy as well as their privacy rights. This encyclopedia, the first of its kind, comprehensively overviews various aspects of privacy throughout U.S. history, including significant legal cases, events, laws, organizations, individuals, technology, and terms. With some 225 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 100 leading scholars and experts in the field, this inclusive and authoritative work will appeal to those interested in both historical and contemporary notions of privacy in the United States. Readers will learn of the significance of technology in today's society, its helpful and harmful effects on citizens' privacy, and what to expect in the future. Entries Include: BL Abortion BL Anti-Wire Tap Statutes BL Biometric Identifiers BL Carnivore BL COINTELPRO BL Data Brokers BL DNA and DNA Banking BL Freedom of Information Act BL Global Positioning Satellites BL Identity Fraud BL Library Records BL National Identification Card BL Open Meeting Laws BL Privacy Torts BL Right to Be Let Alone BL Search Warrant BL Social Security Number BL Telecommunications Act of 1996 BL Telemarketing BL United States Postal Service BL USA Patriot Act BL Workplace Privacy BL And Many More. Entries cite print and electronic resources, and the Encyclopedia closes with a listing of books, organizations, websites, films, and other sources of information. FEATURES AND BENEFITS: BL Includes some 225 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 100 expert contributors. BL Cites print and electronic resources for student research. BL Covers a broad range of legal, political, social, and economic issues. BL Focuses on current concerns. BL Supports the social studies curriculum by helping students understand the evolution of the right to privacy, the threats to privacy in contemporary America, and the ethical issues surrounding technology in the modern world.

Women and Poverty in 21st Century America

Author: Paula vW. Dáil

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078648814X

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

View: 7521


Despite an overhaul in the 1990s, the American welfare system remains with a business model focused on the bottom line. Crafted by male-dominated legislative bodies whose members most likely never had to choose between paying the rent or feeding their kids, established policies primarily protect the popular programs that ensure politicians’ re-election. This book offers a feminist perspective on the 21st century attitude toward poverty, illustrated by the words of women forced to live every day with social policies they had no voice in developing. Topics include the struggles of daily life, crime, health care, education, employment, and a discussion of capitalism, inequality, greed, and moral obligation in a free society. In the unrestrained pursuit of wealth, this work shows that America has created a vast poverty problem, making the rich richer and forcing the poor into a forgotten class.

Sociology for the Twenty-first Century

Author: Timothy Jon Curry,Robert M. Jiobu,Kent P. Schwirian

Publisher: Pearson College Division


Category: Social Science

Page: 503

View: 6355


This third edition of an attractive and engaging text for undergraduates features a running glossary, new b&w and color photos that deal with recent events, an increased emphasis on critical thinking, and new chapter summaries and self-tests. Material applying different theoretical viewpoints is int

The American Presidency and the Social Agenda

Author: Byron W. Daynes,Glen Sussman

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780130826329

Category: Political Science

Page: 189

View: 1566


Bringing together presidential research and social policy research this book examines six issues that continually evade compromise and resolution —abortion, pornography, gun control, affirmative action, homosexuality and the environment— as they have been addressed by modern-day presidents. The book is designed to show readers the impact of social policies and how presidents respond to social issues and subsequently build their agendas. This book examines the president's roles as opinion/party leader, legislative leader, chief execute, commander in Chief and Chief Diplomat as each relates to social issues. For individuals interested in the American presidency and public policy.