Reproductive politics is a term coined by feminists in the 1970s to
describe contemporary, Roe v. Wade-era power struggles over
contraception and abortion, adoption and surrogacy, and other
satellite issues. Forty years later, questions of reproductive
rights are just as complex-and controversial-as they were then.
Focusing mainly on the United States, Reproductive Politics
explores the legal, political, religious, social, ethical, and
medical dimensions of this hotly contested arena. Tracing the
historical roots of reproductive politics up through the present,
Rickie Solinger adopts a question-and-answer format to shed light
on such questions as: are sex and reproduction "private" or
"public" matters? When was abortion criminalized in the United
States-and why? What is "abstinence only" sex education? And how is
"reproductive politics" a men's issue as well as a women's issue?
Covering a substantial range of information in an accessible and
lively manner, Solinger orients readers and provides the knowledge
necessary to enter into dialogue with this important and
continually evolving field.