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Dorothy E Roberts
|Description:||x, 373 pages ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. Reproduction in Bondage --
Ch. 2. The Dark Side of Birth Control --
Ch. 3. From Norplant to the Contraceptive Vaccine: The New Frontier of Population Control --
Ch. 4. Making Reproduction a Crime --
Ch. 5. The Welfare Debate: Who Pays for Procreation? --
Ch. 6. Race and the New Reproduction --
Ch. 7. The Meaning of Liberty.
From an intersection of charged vectors (race, gender, motherhood, abortion, welfare, adoption, and the law), Roberts addresses in her impassioned book such issues as: the notion of prenatal property imposed upon slave women by white masters; the unsavory association between birth control champion Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movement of the 1920s; the coercive sterilization of Black women (many of whom were unaware that they had undergone the procedure) under government welfare programs as late as the 1970s; the race and class implications of distributing risky, long-acting contraceptives, such as Norplant, through Medicaid; the rendering of reproduction as a crime of prosecuting women who expose their fetuses to drugs; the controversy over transracial adoption; the welfare debate (who should pay for reproduction?); and the promotion of the new birth technology (in vitro fertilization and egg donation) to serve infertile white couples.
- Birth control -- United States.
- African American women -- Civil rights.
- Welfare recipients -- United States.
- Race discrimination -- United States.
- Birth control.
- Race discrimination.
- Welfare recipients.
- United States.