Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic

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Rutgers University Press, 1996 - Social Science - 262 pages
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How do feminist identity and abortion politics intersect? Specifically, what does feminism mean to women working to feminist health care and abortion services in the late 1980s and early 1990s? What are the ideological consequences and emotional tolls of doing such work in a hostile socio-cultural environment? Can feminism and bureaucracy coexist productively? How do feminists confront the anti-feminist opposition, from anti-abortion protesters outside to racism within feminist organizations?

These are the questions that drive Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds documents the ways in which workers at a feminist clinic construct compelling feminist visions, and also watch their ideals fall short in practice. Simonds interprets these women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to show what feminism can gain by rethinking abortion utilizing these activists' terms. In thoroughly engaging prose, Simonds frames her analysis with a moving account of her own personal understanding of the issues.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Feminists Working
20
Getting Graphic
60
CHAPTER THREE
87
Encounters with the Enemy
103
CHAFTER FOUR
137
CHAPTER FIVE
169
CONCLUSION
207
CENTER PERSONNEL TABLE
237
INDEX
257
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Wendy Simonds is assistant professor in the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University.

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