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Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States

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An impassioned argument for reproductive rights

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, advocates of legal abortion mostly used the term rights when describing their agenda. But after Roe v. Wade, their determination to develop a respectable, nonconfrontational movement encouraged many of them to use the word choice--an easier concept for people weary of various rights movements. At first the distinction in language didn't seem to make much difference-the law seemed to guarantee both. But in the years since, the change has become enormously important.

In Beggars and Choosers, Solinger shows how historical distinctions between women of color and white women, between poor and middle-class women, were used in new ways during the era of "choice." Politicians and policy makers began to exclude certain women from the class of "deserving mothers" by using the language of choice to create new public policies concerning everything from Medicaid funding for abortions to family tax credits, infertility treatments, international adoption, teen pregnancy, and welfare. Solinger argues that the class-and-race-inflected guarantee of "choice" is a shaky foundation on which to build our notions of reproductive freedom. Her impassioned argument is for reproductive rights as human rights--as a basis for full citizenship status for women.

About the Author

Rickie Solinger, a historian and writer, is the author of three other books about reproductive rights: Wake Up Little Susie, Abortion Wars, and The Abortionist. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809028603
Author:
Solinger, Rickie
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
Abortion
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Pro-choice movement
Subject:
Policy
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Policy
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Pbk
Series Volume:
no. 252
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes Notes, a Bibliography, and an I
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.69 in

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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » Reproductive Rights
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