The Reproductive Rights Reader
Law, Medicine, and the Construction of Motherhood
Edited by Nancy Ehrenreich
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Reproductive Rights Reader by Nancy Ehrenreich
Book DescriptionSince the passage of Roe v. Wade, the debate over reproductive rights has dominated America's courts, legislatures, and streets. The contributors to The Reproductive Rights Reader embrace reproductive justice for all women, but challenge mainstream legal and political solutions based on protecting free choice via neutral governmental policies, which frequently ignore or jeopardize the interests of women of color and the poor. Instead, the pieces in this interdisciplinary book-including both legal cases and articles by legal scholars, historians, sociologists, political scientists and others-favor a critical analysis that addresses the concrete material conditions that limit choices, the role of law and social policy in creating those conditions, and the gendered power dynamics that inform and are reinforced by the regulation of human reproduction. The selections demonstrate that the right to choice isn't an automatic guarantee of reproductive justice and gender equality; to truly achieve this ideal it is essential to recognize the complexity of women's reproductive experiences and needs. Divided into four sections, the book examines feminist critiques of medical knowledge and practice; and the legal regulation of pregnancy termination, conception and child-bearing, and behavior during pregnancy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814722312
(6466mm x 4531mm x 19mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Nancy Ehrenreich
Nancy Ehrenreich is Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
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