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Historical and multicultural encyclopedia of women's reproductive rights in the United States
Baer, Judith A.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xxxiii, 238 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1340 Lexile.
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eproductive rights refers to a range of claims concerning whether, when and how to have children. Beneath this clear statement lays the most contentious political, legal, and cultural issue in America today. Involving the self, the family, and the State, women's reproductive rights generates much impassioned argument but painfully little agreement. Topics and authors take on diverse and often clashing positions, highlighting this issue's complex and highly charged nature. Arranged alphabetically by topic, articles representing racial and ethnic groups' experiences figure prominently, as do the effects of age, class, education, health, religion, and sexual preference on childbearing and -rearing practices, in and out of wedlock. It also includes articles on laws, court cases, political attitudes, prominent activists, and technological advances as they relate to reproductive rights. Entries are written by highly regarded scholars, are cross-referenced, and conclude with suggested further readings.

Designed to introduce and inform the reader to this extremely difficult topic, Baer's ecumenical approach exposes us to a variety of opinions from support for current abortion policies to the building movement for fetal rights. Only reasoned opinions supported by hard evidence are included, and no attempt was made to mute the often incommensurable opinions expressed within. This book will be a valuable resources for students, scholars, and any person interested in learning about the multiplicity of perspectives on this important issue that is at the heart of our current culture wars.

Author Notes

JUDITH A. BAER is professor of political science at Texas A&M University, and is author of The Chains of Protection: The Judicial Response to Women's Labor Legislation (Greenwood, 1978) and Our Lives Before The Law (1999).

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Choice Review

Focusing primarily on the late-20th-century US, Baer's encyclopedia further develops information in existing reference works on birth control, abortion, and women's rights. Multiparagraph to multipage articles consider not only laws, court cases, political attitudes, technological advances, and prominent activists and organizations, but also experiences of various racial, ethnic, age, class, ability, and religious groups concerning issues related to reproduction. A substantial introduction provides an overview of current ethical, legal, and political issues. Each entry is followed by a list of further references, while a general selected bibliography provides an excellent starting point for further research. Because of its more limited chronological and geographic scope, this volume complements but does not replace Marian Rengel's Encyclopedia of Birth Control (2000) and Encyclopedia of Birth Control, ed. by Vern Bullough (2001). Recommended for undergraduate and graduate academic libraries. K. Van Cleave University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Ap. 1
Bp. 29
Cp. 49
Dp. 63
Ep. 69
Fp. 79
Gp. 95
Hp. 101
Ip. 111
Jp. 119
Lp. 123
Mp. 129
Np. 139
Op. 151
Pp. 157
Rp. 179
Sp. 189
Tp. 201
Up. 207
Wp. 209
Yp. 211
Selected Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 219
Index of Casesp. 229
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 233