Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®


  • Traces the historical roots of reproductive politics through present day
  • Approaches a range of topics from abortion and contraception to health care reform and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Expert author, Rickie Solinger, has written extensively on the topic of reproductive politics in America

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.


1. What is "Reproductive Politics"
2. Why History Matters
3. The Legal Context
4. Religious Views and Their Impacts
5. Population Issues and Reproductive Politics
6. Public Policy and Reproductive Politics
7. Contemporary "Values" Debates over Reproductive Politics
8. Teenage Pregnancy and Single Pregnancy in the U.S.
10. Contemporary Abortion Politics I: Opinions and Science
11. Contemporary Abortion Politics II: Experience and Practice
12. Contemporary Abortion Politics III: Activism, Law, and Public Policy
13. Fetuses
14. Family PLanning and Reproductive Technologies
15. Adoption
16. The Environment and Reproductive Politics
17. Disability and Reproductive Politics
18. Birthing and Reproductive Politics
19. Health Care Reform and Reproductive Politics
20. Global Perspectives on Reproductive Politics
21. Men and Reproductive Politics
22. Language and Frameworks


Rickie Solinger is a historian and curator. She has written and edited a number of books about reproductive politics, including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade and Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the U.S. Solinger has organized exhibitions that have traveled to 140 college and university galleries over the past eighteen years. She lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

"Researchers interested in the full context of abortion rights and other reproductive issues will appreciate this helpful guide."--LIBRARY JOURNAL

"The strength of this book is the broad definition of reproductive issues beyond abortion and the articulation of the cultural and legal issues informing this topic. A good addition for collections on gender politics, abortion, and same-sex marriage." --CHOICE


ISBN : 9780199811410

Rickie Solinger
240 ページ
141 x 209 mm
What Everyone Needs to Know





Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®