Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom In The 21st Century (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, 2005 - History - 353 pages
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Thirty years afterRoe v. Wade,the argument between "pro-choicers" and "pro-lifers" has reached stalemate. Pro-choice arguments haven't persuaded a comfortable majority that legal abortion is vital to our society, nor addressed our moral qualms. Younger people are less and less supportive of reproductive rights. Since 1996, state legislatures have enacted nearly 300 pieces of anti-choice legislation. WithRoein jeopardy, International Planned Parenthood Council Chair Alexander Sanger asks a simple but heretical question: How many more pieces of anti-choice legislation will it take to get the pro-choice movement to rethink its approach to the issue?

InBeyond ChoiceSanger explores the history of the reproductive rights movement to discover how it got stuck in its thinking, and then provides a convincing new argument for the moral rightness of its cause. He shows why it is vital to the health and survival of the human race that couples be able to have children, or not, when they choose; why reproductive rights are just as important to men as to women; and why, in an era of new reproductive technologies, completely unfettered choice is not morally defensible.

Beyond Choiceis inspiring and important reading for women's rights advocates, opinion leaders, medical ethicists, and anyone concerned to preserve our freedom to reproduce, or not, without government intervention.

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Grandson of birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger and himself a longtime official of Planned Parenthood, Sanger here argues for open access to abortion based upon the demands and benefits of ... Read full review

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I wanted to really like this book. The premise is great: for too long the pro-choice movement has ceded moral authority to the pro-life camp and it is time to re frame the issue. Yes, I agree but i ... Read full review


1 The Origins of Choice
2 The Reproductive Rights Debate That Ignored Reproduction
3 Putting Reproduction Backinto Reproductive Freedom
4 Reproductive Freedom and Human Evolution
5 Enlisting Men in Support of Reproductive Freedom
6 Defending Reproductive Freedom from the Dangers of Reproductive Technology
7 Ought There Be a Law?
8 Beyond Choice

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About the author (2005)

Alexander Sanger, the grandson of Margaret Sanger, served as the President of Planned Parenthood of New York City and its international arm, The Margaret Sanger Center International from 1991-2000. He is currently a Goodwill Ambassador for the United National Population Fund and Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

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