Pregnancy: Private Decisions, Public Debates (Women Then-Women Now)

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Discusses such controversial topics as abortion, fetal personhood, the impact of medical technology on personal choices, and attitudes about reproduction and surrogacy

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Grade 9 Up-Superior writing and a well-organized, thoughtful presentation mark this volume. Controversies examined include abortion; fetal personhood; the impact of medical technology on individuals' choices; and the social mores affecting attitudes toward reproduction, surrogacy, and employment policies. The book concludes with a statement of some global reproductive concerns. For almost every issue, an attempt is made to state the problems on both sides of the argument. Anti-abortion proponents will most likely feel the definitions and explanations of abortion are euphemistic and not stated strongly enough. Additionally, the statement that "nationwide polls have shown consistently that the majority of Americans favors a woman's right to an abortion" is open for debate. Some sources appear to indicate that polls give mixed messages depending on the way questions are stated. Overall, though, Gay leads readers through the maze of complexities in a comprehensive, understandable manner about issues that will likely polarize the public for years to come.
Lois McCulley, Wichita Falls High School, TX
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Gay offers a well-informed overview of yet another set of challenging issues in this entry in the Women Then, Women Now series. When we debate fetal personhood and confront myriad technological choices, the atmosphere is highly charged. A recurring theme is the question of coercion: Should women in childbirth be forced into an uncomfortable position? Is it patronizing to forbid them to work in toxic environments if they know the risks? Can fetal therapy be imposed for the good of the child? There's so much content here (global population growth; fetal tissue transplants; etc.) that some crucial issues (e.g., limiting teenage pregnancies; fathers' roles) are given short shrift. Also, Gay leaps from dilemma to dilemma. But why quibble? Lively, effective quotes; notes; bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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