Abortion: Between Freedom and Necessity

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Temple University Press, Sep 1, 1997 - Social Science - 209 pages
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A quarter of the world's population lives in countries where abortions are completely or almost completely prohibited. And as many as 500 women lose their lives every day as a result of unsafe abortions.



Only recently has this most intimate and private decision been so publicly debated. The principle and practice of abortion has become increasingly controversial, bringing thousands of people on to the streets, dividing nations, and convulsing the politics of man countries.



Janet Hadley, in this fascinating and meticulously argued book, considers abortion politics with an international perspective and explores some of the new issues affecting the abortion controversy, such as the abortion pill and prenatal testing for birth defects. She challenges many of the arguments offered by the pro-life and pro-choice advocates, arguing for a renewed feminist commitment to abortion as a fundamental element of sexual freedom.



"Abortion is still not talked about. Few women admit to having had one. It is too personal, it is still taboo. Often, I have been asked, 'What's your book about?' and have had to take a deep breath, not knowing what the reaction would be. Yet this intimate personal issue has become sensationally and bewilderingly public, it has even brought down governments -- a paradox which I found intriguing enough to start me on the project of this book." -- Janet Hadley
 

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Contents

Constitutional Brutality
18
The Specter of the Backstreets
33
Ethics and Arguments
59
From Mortal Combat to Feminist Morality
77
India China and Britain
94
The Abortion Pill Genetics and HIVAIDS
117
Russia Holland and Britain
142
Sieges and Strategies
157
The Pitfalls of the Law
177
Reclaiming a Feminist Issue
191
Afterword
209
Notes
227
You Think You Are Pregnant
241
Index
261
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Janet Hadley became involved in feminist politics at  the age of nineteen -- in 1969 -- and  has actively campaigned for women's reproductive rights in Britain and in the third world. As a  journalist and writer she has written extensively about health and social policies.

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