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Choice and Coercion Johanna Schoen

Choice and Coercion By Johanna Schoen

Choice and Coercion by Johanna Schoen


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This book situates North Carolina's reproductive politics in a national and global context. It demonstrates how each method for limiting unwanted pregnancies had the potential both to expand and to limit women's reproductive choices. Schoen's study allows deeper understandings of the modern welfare state and the lives of women.

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Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare by Johanna Schoen

In August 2003, North Carolina became the first U.S. state to offer restitution to victims of state-ordered sterilizations carried out by its eugenics program between 1929 and 1975. The decision was prompted by newspaper stories based on the research of Johanna Schoen, who was granted unique access to summaries of 7,500 case histories and the papers of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. In this book, Schoen situates the state's reproductive politics in a national and global context. Widening her focus to include birth control, sterilization, and abortion policies across the nation, she demonstrates how each method for limiting unwanted pregnancies had the potential both to expand and to limit women's reproductive choices. Such programs overwhelmingly targeted poor and nonwhite populations, yet they also extended a measure of reproductive control to poor women that was previously out of reach. On an international level, the United States has influenced reproductive health policies by, for example, tying foreign aid to the recipients' compliance with U.S. notions about family planning. The availability of U.S.-funded family planning aid has proved to be a double-edged sword, offering unprecedented opportunities to poor women while subjecting foreign patients to medical experimentation that would be considered unacceptable at home. Drawing on the voices of health and science professionals, civic benefactors, and American women themselves, Schoen's study allows deeper understandings of the modern welfare state and the lives of women.

About Johanna Schoen

Johanna Schoen is assistant professor of history and women's studies at the University of Iowa.

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CIN0807855855G
9780807855850
0807855855
Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare by Johanna Schoen
Used - Good
Paperback
The University of North Carolina Press
20050331
352
N/A
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