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Killing the black body : race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty

Author: Dorothy E Roberts
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In Killing the Black Body, Dorothy Roberts gives a powerful and authoritative account of the on-going assault - both figurative and literal - waged by the American government and our society on the reproductive rights of Black women.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy E Roberts
ISBN: 067944226X 9780679442264
OCLC Number: 36315907
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.
Responsibility: Dorothy Roberts.
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In Killing the Black Body, Dorothy Roberts gives a powerful and authoritative account of the on-going assault - both figurative and literal - waged by the American government and our society on the reproductive rights of Black women.

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.

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