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The Human Drama of Abortion: A Global Search for Consensus

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Abortion 101, an accessible account of abortion practices and ethical issues around the globe, for students, activists, and policymakers

Deeply touched by the tragedies of botched abortions that they witnessed as medical students and young physicians in Chile in the 1940s and later around the world, the authors have attempted in their professional lives and now in this book to establish a framework for dialogue to replace the polarization that exists today.

Doctors Faundes and Barzelatto use their decades of international work to document the personal experiences of different classes of women in different countries and those countries' policies and practices. No other book provides such a comprehensive and reasoned examination of the entire topic of abortion, from the medical to the religious and ethical and from the psychological to the legal, in plain language understandable by non-specialists.

The central thesis is that there are too many induced abortions in the world today, that most are preventable and should be prevented--a middle ground that both pro-life and pro-choice advocates can accept. The first part of the book reviews why women have abortions, as well as the magnitude and consequences. The second part examines values. The third part discusses effective interventions. The final part states conclusions about what can be done to reach a necessary social consensus.

The Portuguese edition of this book was issued at the very end of 2004. The Spanish edition, launched in mid-2005, is already in a second printing. The authors are making presentations at special events sponsored by universities, professional associations, and feminist networks in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.

Book News Annotation:

Writing for a general audience, Faúndes (obstetrics, U. of Campinas, Brazil) and Barzelatto (vice president, Center for Health and Social Policy, US) seek to lay out the degree of agreement there is on both sides of the abortion debate and, from there, show how rational dialogue can be used to forge a consensus that reduces both the incidences and consequences of abortion. They first provide an overview of why women chose to have abortions. Next they describe the conflicting values faced by health professionals dealing with abortion and review policies around the world that have been known to decrease abortions and their human, social, and economic costs. Finally they conclude with a discussion of what they believe are nine significant points of societal consensus that can be achieved around the issue.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Writing for a general audience, Faúndes (obstetrics, U. of Campinas, Brazil) and Barzelatto (vice president, Center for Health and Social Policy, US) seek to lay out the degree of agreement there is on both sides of the abortion debate and, from there, show how rational dialogue can be used to forge a consensus that reduces both the incidences and consequences of abortion. They first provide an overview of why women chose to have abortions. Next they describe the conflicting values faced by health professionals dealing with abortion and review policies around the world that have been known to decrease abortions and their human, social, and economic costs. Finally they conclude with a discussion of what they believe are nine significant points of societal consensus that can be achieved around the issue. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Deeply touched by the tragedies of botched abortions that they witnessed as medical students and young physicians in Chile in the 1970s and later around the world, the authors have attempted in their professional lives and now in this book to establish a framework for dialogue to replace the polarization that exists today.

About the Author

Anibal Faundes is Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Campinas, SP, Brazil, and Senior Researcher at Cemicamp, an internationally renowned center for research in reproductive health. He is currently Chair of the Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Rights of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Jose S. Barzelatto, currently Vice President of the Center for Health and Social Policy, served from 1985 to 1989 as Director of the UNDP/WHO/World Bank Special Program for Research and Training in Human Reproduction and from 1989 to 1997 as Director of the Reproductive Health and Population Program of the Ford Foundation. He lives outside Washington, DC.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826515261
Subtitle:
A Global Search for Consensus
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Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Subject:
Abortion
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Abortion & Birth Control
Subject:
Current Events / Women
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s Health / Obstetrics / Public Policy / Religion in Public Life / Childbirth
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HEALTH and FITNESS / Pregnancy and Childbirth
Subject:
Medical Anthropology; Health Care; Women s Studies; International Development; Global Health; Reproductive Rights and Birth
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General Literary Criticism & Collections
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Medical anthropology
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Health care
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Women's Studies
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International development
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global health
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Reproductive Rights and Birth
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Sociology-Abortion and Birth Control
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Gynecology & Obstetrics
Edition Description:
trade paperback
Publication Date:
20060728
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » Reproductive Rights
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Abortion and Birth Control
History and Social Science » World History » General

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