The Politics of Reproduction: Thinking Beyond the Slogans
Allen & Unwin
Rebecca M. Albury
Publication Date :
1 Jan 1999
'The personal is political' 'Abortion is a woman's right to choose' 'Abortion kills babies' In both public and private life, women's fertility is always the focus of strong passions. Why are some women willing to undergo invasive medical treatment in order to become pregnant? Why are others willing to use backyard abortionists if clinics are not available? Why is everyone else so quick to judge them? Rebecca Albury looks beyond the slogans that dominate the debate to explore the contexts in which women make decisions about fertility and raising children. Drawing on the experiences of younger and older women, she looks at the changing ways women have negotiated fertility, contraception, adoption, abortion, assisted reproduction and motherhood. She analyses the ways in which the media, the medical profession, public policy and the law constrain and shape women's experiences. She examines the role of the women's movement and argues that we need to look beyond commonsense understandings of motherhood, heterosexuality and family formation which shape policy debates. The Politics of Reproduction is compelling reading for anyone intereste
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