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Description - Abortion Before Birth Control by Tiana Norgren

Why has postwar Japanese abortion policy been relatively progressive, while contraception policy has been relatively conservative? The Japanese government legalized abortion in 1948 but did not approve the pill until 1999. In this study, Tiana Norgren argues that these contradictory policies flowed from very different historical circumstances and interest group configurations. Doctors and family planners used a small window of opportunity during the Occupation to legalize abortion, and afterwards, doctors and women battled religious groups to uphold the law. The pill, on the other hand, first appeared at an inauspicious moment in history. Until circumstances began to change in the mid-1980s, the pharmaceutical industry was the pill's lone champion: doctors, midwives, family planners, and women all opposed the pill as a potential threat to their livelihoods, abortion rights, and women's health. Written and interwoven with often surprising facts about Japanese history and politics, Norgren's book fills gaps in the cross-national literature on the politics of reproduction, a subject that has received more attention in the European and American contexts. The work will be a resource for

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691070056
ISBN-10: 0691070059
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 258
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Tiana Norgren

Tiana Norgren is a Senior Program Associate in the Program on reproductive Health and Rights at the Open Society Institute. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.