Reproductive Rights in a Global Context: South Africa, Uganda, Peru, Denmark, United States, Vietnam, Jordan

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Vanderbilt University Press, 2006 - Political Science - 289 pages
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2006

Traveling alone when she was between 17 and 22, with no institutional affiliation and no financial assistance, the author visited five developing countries and two developed ones on five continents. Her goal was to extend her own experience in an abortion clinic in Portland, Oregon. Lara Knudsen interviewed over 90 women's rights activists, health professionals, NGO workers, and government officials, gaining a sense of both official policies and the actual delivery of services in local clinics. The book places the experiences of women within the global context of how international population control agendas have influenced women's reproductive rights in the past, and how the changing international discourse on reproductive health continues to influence those rights today.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 South Africa
11
2 Uganda
40
3 Peru
67
4 Denmark
92
5 United States of America
109
6 Vietnam
139
7 Jordan
168
Conclusion
197
Appendix 1
205
Appendix 2
209
Notes
219
Bibliographies
255
Index
283
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About the author (2006)

Lara M. Knudsen, from Portland, Oregon, graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont in 2003. She is currently a student of medicine and public health at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and plans to pursue a career in women's health.

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