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Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America - Leslie J. Reagan
Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America
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Dangerous Pregnancies tells the largely forgotten story of the German measles epidemic of the early 1960s and how it created national anxiety about dying, disabled, and "dangerous" babies. This epidemic would ultimately transform abortion politics, produce new science, and help build two of the... show more
Dangerous Pregnancies tells the largely forgotten story of the German measles epidemic of the early 1960s and how it created national anxiety about dying, disabled, and "dangerous" babies. This epidemic would ultimately transform abortion politics, produce new science, and help build two of the most enduring social movements of the late twentieth century--the reproductive rights and the disability rights movements. At most a minor rash and fever for women, German measles (also known as rubella), if contracted during pregnancy, could result in miscarriages, infant deaths, and serious birth defects in the newborn. Award-winning writer Leslie J. Reagan chronicles for the first time the discoveries and dilemmas of this disease in a book full of intimate stories--including riveting courtroom testimony, secret investigations of women and doctors for abortion, and startling media portraits of children with disabilities. In exploring a disease that changed America, Dangerous Pregnancies powerfully illuminates social movements that still shape individual lives, pregnancy, medicine, law, and politics.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780520274570 (0520274571)
ASIN: 0520274571
Publisher: University of California Press
Pages no: 392
Edition language: English
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4.0 Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America
This book was an excellent academic treatise on the discourses of reproductive rights and disability rights that swirled around the 1960s rubella epidemic in the USA, with some examination of the 'thalidomide babies' narrative that occurred at the same time. It's not often I can find an author who c...
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