Birth Control and Controlling Birth

Women-Centered Perspectives

  • Editors
  • Helen B. Holmes
  • Betty B. Hoskins
  • Michael Gross

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Reproductive Technologies: The Birth of a Women-Centered Analysis

  3. Ethics of Contraceptive Development and Deployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Michael Gross
      Pages 23-26
    3. Joyce Avrech Berkman
      Pages 27-36
    4. Linda E. Atkinson, Jacki Ans
      Pages 55-59
    5. Laura Punnett
      Pages 61-69
    6. Rosa Cuéllar
      Pages 79-79
    7. Kristin Luker
      Pages 81-83
    8. Judy Norsigian
      Pages 85-87
    9. Margaret A. Kohn, Michael Gross
      Pages 89-94
  4. Depo-Provera and Sterilization Abuse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Marie M. Cassidy
      Pages 97-99
    3. Gena Corea
      Pages 107-116
    4. Helen Barnes
      Pages 117-119
    5. Sandra Serrano Sewell
      Pages 121-123
    6. Helen Rodriguez
      Pages 125-128
    7. Renée Rosiland Jenkins
      Pages 129-139
  5. Childbirth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Norma Swenson
      Pages 143-146
    3. Childbirth Technologies

      1. Dorothy C. Wertz
        Pages 147-166
      2. Henry Klapholz
        Pages 167-173
      3. Yvonne Brackbill
        Pages 175-182
      4. Hilary Salk
        Pages 193-195
      5. Sheryl Burt Ruzek
        Pages 197-202
      6. Margaret O’Brien Steinfels
        Pages 203-207
    4. Social Control of Childbirth

      1. Barbara Hilkert Andolsen
        Pages 211-211
      2. Susan Cope Ekstrom
        Pages 213-221
      3. Byllye Y. Avery, Judith M. Levy
        Pages 231-238
      4. Helen Swallow
        Pages 245-250
      5. Katsi Cook
        Pages 251-258
      6. Mary Jane Gray
        Pages 259-260
      7. Norma Swenson
        Pages 261-264
  6. Policymaking and Projections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Helen B. Holmes
      Pages 267-268
    3. Joyce Lashof
      Pages 269-274
    4. Ilene Wolcott
      Pages 275-275
    5. Karen Lebacqz
      Pages 283-287
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-338

About this book


Women most fully experience the consequences of human reproductive technologies. Men who convene to evaluate such technologies discuss Itthem ": the women who must accept, avoid, or even resist these technologies; the women who consume technologies they did not devise; the women who are the objects of policies made by of women is neither sought nor listened to. The men. So often the input and perspectives that women bring to the privileged insights consideration of technologies in human reproduction are the subject of these volumes, which constitute the revised and edited record of a Workshop on "Ethical Issues in Human Reproduction Technology: Analysis by W omen" (EIR TAW), held in June, 1979, at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Some 80 members of the workshop, 90 percent of them women (from 24 states), represented diverse occupations and personal histories, different races and classes, varied political commitments. They included doctors, nurses, and scientists, lay midwives, consumer advocates, historians, and sociologists, lawyers, policy analysts, and ethicists. Each session, however, made plain that ethics is an everyday concern for women in general, as well as an academic profession for some.


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