Defiant Birth: Women who Resist Medical Eugenics

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Spinifex Press, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 338 pages
Daring women--those who were told not to have their babies due to perceived disabilities in themselves or their unborn children--tell their stories in this controversial book that looks critically at medical eugenics as a contemporary form of social engineering. Believing that all life is valuable and that some are not more worthy of it than others, these women have given birth in the face of disapproval and hostility, defied both the creed of perfection and accepted medical wisdom, and given the issue of abortion a complexity beyond the simplistic pro-life/pro-choice dichotomy. As it questions the accuracy of screening procedures, the definition of a worthwhile life, and the responsiblity for determining the value of an imperfect life, this book trenchantly brings to light many issues that for years have been marginalized by the mainstream media and restricted to disability activism.
 

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Contents

a marullo
73
Teresa Streckfuss
89
Sandi Seyferth
111
Julia Anderson
129
Karalyn McDonald
145
Johanne Greally
159
Heather Arnold
177
Elizabeth R Schiltz
182
Leisa Whitaker
211
Alison Streeter
224
Rosaleen MoriartySimmonds
239
Lisa Roche
258
Michelle Harmon
278
Glossary
300
Index
329
Copyright

Stephanie Gillespie
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Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation of girls, objectification of women, pornification of culture, sexual exploitation and trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of five books with Spinifex Press. An opinion writer for a range of mainstream and online media (including ABC and SBS), Melinda is also a regular on morning television and has appeared on ABCs Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of exploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. An ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia and the Raise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Whos Who of Australian Women and the World Whos Who of Women.

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