A Woman's Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486

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Seven Stories Press, 1992 - Health & Fitness - 271 pages
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The New Our Bodies, Ourselves calls menstrual extraction (ME) "a powerful example of medical research done by women on and for ourselves." As the safest and most effective of the techniques that can be performed on women by women, independently of any legal restrictions that may be imposed on doctors in the coming months and years, menstrual extraction is today at the center of the raging abortion debate, serving both symbolically and practically as the line of first defense against recent rollbakcs of women's reproductive rights in the nation's courts. A Woman's Book of Choices chronicles the history of ME, the currently accepted standard of ME practice, and its legal ramifications, and offers accounts of actual ME procedures. It also describes the who range of other abortion alternatives, from state-of-the-art clinical abortions to folk remedies, for women who may be considering terminating a pregnancy. In addition, there is a comprehensive chapter that is directed to medical personnel who may be providing abortion care, and a chapter on the French-developed abortion pill, RU-486.
 

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Contents

Why This Book Is Necessary
1
Finding An Abortion Provider
7
Information Networks
49
The Best Available Abortion Care
67
Back to the Bad Old Days?
97
The Development of Menstrual Extraction
113
Friendship Groups
129
Two Menstrual Extractions
153
Herbs and Other Traditional Methods of Fertility Control
183
Folk Remedies That Are Dangerous and Dont Work
203
Is RU486 the Wave of the Future?
207
What Practitioners Need To Know About Abortion Complications
221
The DelEm
241
References
253
Suggested Reading
259
Copyright

The Legality of Menstrual Extraction
167

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REBECCA CHALKER is the author of The Clitoral Truth: The Secret World At Your Fingertips and A Woman's Book of Choices. She teaches Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City where she teaches a course on the cultural history of sexuality.

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