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Abortion under apartheid nationalism, sexuality, and women's reproductive rights in South Africa

Author: Susanne M Klausen
Publisher: New York, N.Y. Oxford University Press 2019
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Abortion Under Apartheid examines the criminalization of abortion in South Africa during apartheid (1948-1990) and its impact on women of all "races" determined to terminate unwanted pregnancies. It  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susanne M Klausen
ISBN: 9780190939878 0190939877 9780199844494 0199844496
OCLC Number: 1113034663
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Canadian Committee on Women's History Book Prize 2017 Winner of the Joel Gregory Book Prize of the Canadian Association of African Studies for best book in African Studies Shortlisted for the 2016 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize of the Canadian Historical Association.
Description: 327 p. ill.
Contents: AcronymsIntroductionChapter 1: "I'd Never Had Pain Like That - A Searing, Dying Agony": Racialized Clandestine Abortion Chapter 2: "South Africa is Experiencing an All-Out Attack by Permissiveness": Communism, Immorality and the Disintegration of Apartheid CultureChapter 3: "My Uterus Belongs To Me": The Campaign for Abortion Law ReformChapter 4: "The Trial the World is Watching": The Crichton-Watts Trial, 1972Chapter 5: "Subjected to Relentless and Grueling Cross-Examination": The Crichton-Maharaj Trial, 1973Chapter 6: "Reclaiming the White Daughter's Purity": The Passage of the Abortion and Sterilization Act, 1975Chapter 7: "The Actual Matter is With Us Whites": Abortion and the "Black Peril"Chapter 8: "The Law is a Total Failure:" Abortion from 1975 to the End of Apartheid ConclusionAppendix: The Abortion and Sterilization Act (1975)Bibliography
Responsibility: M. Susanne Klausen.


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