Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood
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Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood

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In this important study of the abortion controversy in the United States, Kristin Luker examines the issues, people, and beliefs on both sides of the abortion conflict. She draws data from twenty years of public documents and newspaper accounts, as well as over two hundred interviews with both pro-life and pro-choice activists. She argues that moral positions on abortion a...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 4th 1985 by University of California Press (first published 1984)
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Katherine Wertheim
Wow, this is a tremendous book. I read it when it came out and I can still quote huge parts of it years later. It explains not only abortion but also the movement to home-school children. Basically, women who stay at home to raise children are demeaned in our society and made to feel "less than." Women who work are more highly valued, and considered more interesting, or at least that's the way it seems. Those professional women, who can use abortion to delay child-rearing, are seen as valued, an...more
Fascinating, upsetting, eye-opening look at how abortion effects WOMEN. Not just fetuses. Wish I could get my Dad to read this so that maybe he could view the pro-choice stance from a non-religious perspective and try to understand the politics surrounding abortion and what it has and does mean for women and their bodies. And what it means for a country that's supposed to promote equality. Because it's not just about abortion. It's about all of the other things you take control of when you try t...more
Anthony  Kirk
I highly recommend this for anyone who would like to learn more about the history of the abortion debate and the beliefs of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements.

Kristin Luker is objective in her debate and presents the facts in an interesting, understandable matter. I could not find a trace of bias in one way or another, which is a relief.

Interesting and informative read.
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I wonder how this holds up, over twenty years later.
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