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To Carolyn Goldberg and Binni IpcarNOTE TO THE READERThis book is the product of both firsthand reporting and archival research Often I would interview a person, sometimes several times, and then supplement what he or she told me with information gleaned from oral histories, news stories, journal articles, and books All secondary sources have endnotes things that I saw and heard myself do not.INTRODUCTION THE GLOBAL BATTLE FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTSEunice Brookman Amissah, the former health minister of Ghana, calls the death of her teenage patient Amina the beginning of her road to Damascus The stepdaughter of an Anglican archbishop, Brookman Amissah was brought up in a very conservative home, and those values stayed with her when she went to medical school In the Accra teaching hospital where she trained in the late 1960s, young women who came in with botched abortions were put in a place called Chenard Ward There were at least ten of them every day They were kept there bleeding and feverish and dirty until all the other cases were donethen it was time to do the evacuations, she told me They were kept on the floor Even when there were beds, these women were put on the floor People stepped on them and insulted them and called them namesthis is how horrible it was Brookman Amissah did not, at the time, see all this as particularly outrageous We were brought up to think that women who had had unsafe abortions were criminals, she said They were bad women They were the scum of this earth.After graduating, Brookman Amissah went into private practice She looked after a poor Muslim family who lived very close by Their daughter, Amina, was exceptionally bright Her parents were illiterate, but she was going to school, Brookman Amissah said Amina called her Auntie Doctor, and liked to hang out at her clinic and talk to the nurses, saying she would be one herself one day.In 1992, when Amina was fourteen, she came to the clinic one Friday As Brookman Amissah remembers it, she was agitated and had been crying A man in her compound, she said, had given her money to give to a doctor to make her period come My first reaction was one of outrage, said Brookman Amissah Amina, how dare you talk to me about that Dont you know we dont do that here Naughty girl That sort of thing Brookman Amissah asked Amina to send her mother on Monday so they could talk I can still see the look in her eyes, she said.But on Monday, no one came Nor on Tuesday On Wednesday, she heard drumming and commotion outside A nurse told Brookman Amissah what it was Doctor, she said, thats Amina Theyve gone to bury her The man who got her pregnant had taken her for an abortion over the weekend, and it had killed her.Was Amina really a criminal she remembers thinking Maybe Im the criminal That man, that older man, is a criminal The whole society is liable for the death of an innocent young girl who didnt even know what was happening to her.Brookman Amissah began to alter her views She got involved in training doctors in humane postabortion care, and eventually became the representative in Ghana of Ipas, an international safe abortion organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Ipas distributes manual, handheld abortion kits all over the world, which are also used to treat women whose backstreet abortions have gone wrong Brookman Amissah used to sit for hours outside the offices of the Ministry of Health, trying to donate the kits and to offer free training in their use I believe I was called the abortion lady, she said.Yet while abortion remained illegal, the mood was changing among elites Brookman Amissah remembers that when she proposed programs to address complications from unsafe abortions, the woman who headed the governments office of reproductive health was unsure Then the official went to a groundbreaking 1994 UN conference in Cairo, during which, much to the chagrin of an international network of religious fundamentalists, most of the worlds countries pledged to commit themselves to reproductive health and rights She came back clutching the conferences official program of action, which urged all countries to deal with the health impact of unsafe abortion as a major public health concern and to reduce the recourse to abortion through expanded and improved family planning services.Soon Ipas and the Ghanaian government were collaborating on a program to train midwives to help women whod suffered complications from illegal abortions And then, in 1996, Brookman Amissah became the minister of health herself Later she would become Ghanas ambassador to The Netherlands, before rejoining Ipas as vice president for Africa Abortion remains broadly illegal in her country, but the government is actively trying to educate workers in health care and law enforcement that there is an exception when a womans health is at risk.Promoting safe abortion in Africa is a monumental job Thanks to the legal remnants of colonial constitutions, the procedure is severely restricted in most sub Saharan African countries According to the World Health Organization, of the forty two million abortions performed in the world each year, twenty million are unsafe, and nowhere in the world are abortions dangerous than in Africa Botched abortions kill 36,000 African women each year, representing than half of the global total of between 65,000 and 70,000 annual deaths.1Worldwide, complications from unsafe abortions cause 13 percent of maternal deaths and account for a fifth of the total mortality and disability burden due to pregnancy and childbirth, according to the WHO Twenty four million women have been rendered infertile by dangerous procedures, an especially crushing debility in parts of the world where childless women are reviled Again, the toll is worst in Africa.2The problem of unsafe abortion has been seriously exacerbated by contraceptive shortages caused by American policies hostile to birth control, as well as by the understandable diversion of scarce sexual health resources to fight HIV Between 1995 and 2003, international donor support for family planning in the developing world fell from 560 million to 460 million, a shortfall that has hit Africa particularly hard In Kenya, the World Health Organization reports, between 1998 and 2003, the number of births that mothers said were unwanted nearly doubled, from 11 percent to 21 percent.3But its not just the scale of the problem of unsafe abortion and lack of family planning that makes the work of reform so difficult Cultural conservatism is deeply entrenched across Africa, as it is in most of the poor regions of the world Religious revivals, Christian and Muslim alike, have caught fire, and they compete to condemn the destabilizing libertinism of the West During the American presidential campaign of 2008, the Ghanaian artist Blakk Rasta had a hit with the song Barack Obama, which celebrated the candidate even as it promised that judgment would come to America for legalizing abortion 4Churches in the global South are by and large much comfortable than their Northern neighbors in preaching a traditional role for women, wrote the religion scholar Philip Jenkins in The Next Christendom The Coming of Global Christianity This is especially true in much of Africa, where Muslim notions exercise a powerful cultural influence Although Christians do not accept the whole Islamic package of s on this or any issue, they do imbibe a conservatism general to the whole community.5The specific religious dynamics differ in other parts of the planet, but the conflation of womens rights with globalization or Westernization, and the concomitant desire to limit them in the name of national or cultural integrity, is nearly universal Republicans in the United States, whether in Congress or the White House, have worked to bolster this conservatism by denying aid to groups that have anything to do with abortion, channeling funds to traditionalist faith based groups, and using the countrys diplomatic weight to thwart international efforts to improve reproductive rights.American antiabortion pressure, said Brookman Amissah, has grown over the years It started with resistance to the whole Cairo agenda, especially the reference to reproductive health and rights, a word they seem to be very allergic to The fanaticism that is there about abortion, which is also threatening women in your country, this was translated onto the international scene.Even as religious traditionalists in developing countries find support abroadwhether it comes from Saudi Arabia, American evangelicals, or the Vaticanthey excoriate feminists and family planners as agents of Western cultural imperialism Meanwhile, womens rights activists like Brookman Amissah find bases for their work in international NGOs nongovernmental organizations , and backing for their positions in statements of the United Nations and other international bodies A global culture war is raging, and its all about who controls womens fertilityand, broadly, women themselves.That is the subject of this bookthe global battle for reproductive rights It spans five decades and four continents, and it elucidates a multifaceted political and ideological fight that is one of the most important, if unsung, of our time.All over the planet, conflicts between tradition and modernity are being fought on the terrain of womens bodies Globalization is challenging traditional social arrangements It is upsetting economic stability, bringing women into the workforce, and beaming images of Western individualism into the remotest villages while drawing and people into ever growing cities All this spurs conservative backlashes, as right wingers promise anxious, disoriented people that the chaos can be contained if only the old sexual order is enforced Yet the subjugation of women is just making things worse, creating all manner of demographic, economic, and public health problems.This is not just a story about abortion, though abortion tends to be a flashpoint It is, rather, about how great international powers have worked to influence the rights of the worlds women, and how, conversely, womens rights will ultimately shape the future.The tale is much bigger than it might at first appear For decades now the countries of the first world have been exporting family planning to the third world, for reasons that combine humanitarianism and national security realpolitik With the Wests help, governments worldwide concerned with overpopulation have tried to change the sexual and childbearing norms of their peoples Feminists have fought, with a surprising if unheralded degree of success, to have reproductive rights recognized in international law The United States has, depending on who is in charge, worked to bring safe abortion to poor countries, and worked with equal zeal to take it away Imitating the organizing strategies of their opponents, fundamentalists have joined hands across national borders to stave off challenges to traditional gender hierarchies And remarkably little of this hugely consequential story is understood by the American public, despite the countrys crucial role in shaping the fate of women all over the planet.Many of the roots of our current battles lie in the cold war, a time of widespread panic that overpopulation was going to lead to Malthusian doom and revolutionary upheavals Back then, staunch anticommunists saw the mass diffusion of birth control as a key bulwark against anticapitalist chaos A huge international family planning infrastructure was erected, and the idea that childbearing should be a matter of choice rather than fate spread throughout the world.Not surprisingly, some countries saw this as a form of neocolonialism, a critique that has gained ever salience in recent years, when its been supported, ironically, by the American right Nevertheless, in the second half of the twentieth century, a global consensus began emerging that overpopulation hindered development As the concern grew, some countries started using coercion to bring down birth rates faster, resulting in outcries from both feminists and religious groups.At certain points there was considerable hostility between those most concerned about womens rights and those most worried about overpopulation, groups whose aims now appear deeply intertwined In the 1970s, though, a group of feminist minded women who had come up through the ranks of the population control movement decided to take it over from within They argued that you couldnt treat women as mere means to a preferred demographic destiny their rights and health had to be ends in themselves If overpopulation was a problem, its root cause lay in womens subordination, which too often gave them little choice over how many children to have and almost no social value outside of reproduction Women needed power, not just pills, and population programs could be harnessed to improve their health and status Employing canny bureaucratic warfare, skillful organizing, and a solidarity that transcended borders, these women worked within emerging systems of global governance that, even today, few outsiders understand As a result of their efforts, at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, their once marginal views about the universal importance of reproductive rights became the official policy of the United Nations It was a policy that was supported by every major donor country, including, at the time, the United States.Religious conservatives in many regions were alarmed by this, and sometimes banded together across sectarian lines in opposition At one point, as well see, Pope John Paul II even offered to help Libya achieve a rapprochement with Western governments in exchange for standing with the church against reproductive rights at the UN When George W Bush entered the White House in 2001, the fundamentalist alliance achieved an unprecedented level of power and influence The global reproductive rights movement, though, had also grown strong, and found it could survive the defection of the United States, its original patron Reproductive rights even entered the realm of international law when in several significant cases courts ruled in varied jurisdictions that women who had been denied abortions had had their human rights violated by their own countries.Some of this might sound abstract Debates in congressional hearings, foundation boardrooms, and international conferences can seem far removed from womens real lives On the ground, though, the consequences have often been profound, determining, among other things, whether a woman has access to contraception and, if she needs it, an abortion whether she can get an education before she starts her family and earn an income after whether her government penalizes her for having what it deems too many children and whether her genitals are left intact or ritually circumcised to encourage her chastity.In reporting on controversies in Latin America, Africa, India, and Europe, I tried to portray womens stories in all their complexity, without attempting to tie up every ideological loose end Unlike the brilliant philosopher Martha Nussbaum, Im not attempting to create a universal framework of womens rights or to systematically disentangle transcendent values from culturally specific ones If anything, Im often trying to show how difficult it is to do just that Real lives have a way of defying neat political categories, and of refusing to embody pat lessons Grand plans to remake societies, no matter how well intentioned, usually have unintended effects Nevertheless, ambitious efforts to improve the health and status of women have at times been quite successful, as have campaigns to roll them back.Ultimately, one insight that I hope emerges from these stories is that feminists, liberals, and reformers have as much claim to cultural authenticity as conservatives do To act as if only the most static and rigid parts of a culture are genuine, to treat other societies as less capable of dynamism and progress than we in the West believe ourselves to be, is deeply condescending to the women all around the world who are trying to effect change from within Ive been guided by the belief that we should show solidarity with people who aspire to be protected by the same universal human rights guarantees that we enjoy.In almost every country on earth there are internal struggles over the role of women, fights that pit universalist claims for womens human rights against cultural relativist arguments for preserving traditional gender relationships Indeed, womens rights are perhaps the most visible sign of modernity and thus an obvious bte noir for flourishing fundamentalist movements In developing nations the situation is further complicated by the influence wielded by international donors, aid agencies, and UN bodies that work to promote reproductive rights, inevitably affecting sexual norms.In 1984, the brash, flamboyant feminist Germaine Greer published Sex Destiny The Politics of Human Fertility, which is, among other things, a broadside against the ethnocentrism of the international family planning movement and a fetishization of traditional village life The majority of the worlds women have not simply been entrapped into motherhood in societies which have not undergone demographic transition, where children are a priceless resource, the role of mother is not a marginal one but central to social life and organization, Greer wrote.6 This is absolutely correct, and it is the reason feminists once fought population controllers who ignored womens own hopes and desires.Nevertheless, women everywhere do try, sometimes desperately, to limit their fertility, a fact borne out by their frequent recourse to abortion In hymning traditional social arrangements, Greer moved so far to the left that she circled around to the right, treating every society but her own as a harmonious, homogenous system that could only be distorted by the malign influence of Western liberalism Written at a time when she was herself struggling with infertility, Greer charged family planners with spreading the antichild ethos of a selfish, materialistic, and maladaptive modernity Further, she defended the chador, extolled chastity over artificial contraception, and posited patriarchal peasant society as preferable to individualistic consumer capitalism One of the most insidious forms of pollution is the destruction of the integrity of ones culture by that of another, dominant, outsider group, she wrote, and it is under such conditions of cultural resistance that adherence to cultural standards of purity becomes most important it is part of taking the line of most resistance, whether to lipstick, Coca Cola, opium, or oral contraceptives.7As an observation, this is true enough its part of the reason that, for example, some humiliated Muslims have taken refuge in a medieval fundamentalism Greer, however, wasnt just describing such cultural resistance she was endorsing it There was no place in her analysis for women who dissented from conservative forces in their own societies, women who longed for the freedoms she blithely dismissed Writing about women taking up the veil after the 1979 Iranian revolution, she assumed that they had all done so willingly, as a sign of liberation through self discipline Male domination is bad, she allowed, but the patriarchal family is preferable to the atomism of the consumer economy Wrote Greer, To have rejected patriarchal authority within and without the self, however desirable in itself, is to have become vulnerable to much insidious and degrading forms of control.8Greer made a common error of the disillusioned Western radical, projecting onto other cultures all the authentic virtues she wished were in her own In thinking about the situation of women in vastly different contexts, there are a number of dangers One is assuming that Western ways are self evidently superior and that all women would choose them, if only they could But another is assuming that women in other cultures are so different from us that situations we would find intolerablebearing child after child into grinding poverty being utterly at the mercy of fathers, husbands, and brothers having ones clitoris sliced off with a razordo not also cause them great pain The search for human commonality among vastly diverse people is tricky and elusive, but it is callous to surrender to relativism when so many women are clearly suffering.For people living in the worlds rich developed countries, it can be hard to grasp just how terribly women are treated in much of the world Sexism and violence exist everywhere, but political correctness or condescending romanticism about exotic others should not obscure the fact that women in the third world often have it much, much worse.In large parts of Asia girls are given less food and medical care than boys from infancy Throughout Asia and Africa they are significantly less likely than boys to be enrolled in school More than a third of girls worldwide are married off before they reach adulthood, often to much older men Early pregnancy taxes their bodies girls under fifteen are five times likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than women in their twenties.9 Obscenely high rates of maternal mortality are a global scandal, taking than half a million women each year, 99 percent of them in the developing world One in twenty six women in Africa will die of pregnancy related causes.10In many countries women have no rights to their husbands property, and should they be widowed, they can be either thrown out of their homes or inherited by their husbands brother The lack of power that women have over their own bodies is directly responsible for the feminization of the AIDS epidemic, which in Africa is killing far women than men In 2004, when Ugandan feminists tried to pass a bill that would, among other things, ban spousal rape, men reacted with outrage A member of the Ugandan parliaments legal affairs committee said the bill should address womens denial of sex, arguing, Refusing to have sex is the most violent thing a spouse can do.11 There are many parts of the world where domestic violence is the rule, not the exception Seventy one percent of women in one rural Ethiopian province, 69 percent in one rural province in Peru, and 62 percent in a province in Bangladesh say theyve been abused by a partner.12Writing about womens rights globally can be complicated for an American, since it can seem both condescending and like an alibi for imperialism There is, after all, a long history of Western colonialists justifying themselves by promising to liberate benighted native women In 1927, an American journalist named Katherine Mayo wrote a best selling book called Mother India about the degraded position of females in that country Indias ills, she argued, had nothing to do with British rule and everything to do with child marriage and the oppression of women, which led sickly, ignorant mothers to raise devitalized, sexually perverse children The whole pyramid of the Hindus woes, she wrote, material and spiritual rests upon a rock bottom physical base This base is, simply, his manner of getting into the world and his sex life thenceforward.13 At a time of mounting Indian nationalism she argued that the sexual organization of Indian society made self rule impossible.Mayos book became a sensation in both England and the United Statesthere was a Broadway play based on it about a twelve year old Indian girl married off to an old manwhile Indians so reviled it that some demanded it be banned.14 Wrote one Indian historian, Even today, few booksapart, perhaps, from Salman Rushdies Satanic Verses 1989 can match the scale of the international controversy generated by Mother India.15Many decades later U.S neoconservatives used Islamist abuses of womenwhich are, of course, quite real, as were many of the atrocities documented by Mayoto justify American aggression in the Middle East Few, of course, suggest punishing friendly Saudi Arabia for its system of gender apartheid It is not surprising, then, that there is abundant suspicion in the developing world whenever Westerners begin cataloguing the ills visited on foreign women However, that suspicion, and the history that gives rise to it, does not change the fact that the widespread, overwhelming abuse and devaluation of women, especially in poor countries, is the biggest human rights crisis in the world today.Given the range of horrors to which women are subject, perhaps its fair to ask why focus on reproductive rights at all Access to contraception and abortion are obviously not all thats needed for equality The right to work and go to school, to own land, to inherit, to live free from violencethese are life and death issues for many women in developing countries They often have far day to day salience than family planning.Yet reproductive rights are the place where many of the crucial forces shaping and changing womens livesreligious authority, globalization, patriarchal tradition, demographics, American foreign policy, international law, environmentalism, and feminismintersect They are the ground on which major battles about womens status are being fought And a womans right to control her own body, to make her own decisions about childbearing, is closely bound up with other rights in myriad ways, as well see throughout this book.For one thing, reproductive rights are intimately related to womens economic freedom Having smaller families allows women to work When they bring financial resources into the family, their power tends to increase and their daughters welfare improves When their daughters are educated, they also choose smaller families, which can be better cared for As a paper by the World Health Organization put it, The reproductive revolutionthe shift from six births, of whom several might die, to around two births, nearly all of whom surviverepresents the most important step toward achievement of gender equality by boosting womens opportunities for nondomestic activities.16 Thats part of the reason that Bangladeshs famed Nobel Peace Prize winning Grameen Bank, which makes microloans to poor women, has borrowers pledge to plan to keep our families small.17At an even elemental level, for far too many women pregnancy is either deadly or debilitating Putting off childbearing until their bodies are mature enough protects mothers, as does spacing their pregnancies several years apart and having only as many children as they choose Further, it makes little sense to tackle maternal mortality and morbidity without paying attention to unsafe abortion, one of its major and most easily eradicated causes Reproductive rights are not the whole of womens rights, but they are a precondition of them They help women survive and allow them to transcend mere survival.They are also powerfully symbolic, because womens reproductive role is often the justification for their subordination International debates over family planning have as often as not become political battles over womens rights generally, and even over womens humanity Thus, reproductive rights, while being enormously consequential in and of themselves, also offer a lens through which to view even bigger questions of gender and power in a globalized but desperately unequal world.From the anticommunist genesis of Americas attempts to stem population growth in poor countries to the current worldwide attack on womens rights as a decadent Western imposition, the politics of sex and childbearing are woven into many of the great issues of our time Underlying diverse conflictsover demography, natural resources, human rights, and religious sis the question of who controls the means of reproduction Womens intimate lives have become inextricably tied to global forces At the same time, the fate of the planet has become inextricably tied to womens ability to control their own lives.CHAPTER 1 SANDINISTA FAMILY VALUESEighteen year old Jazmina Bojorge, already the mother of a four year old boy, was five months pregnant when she arrived at Managuas Fernando Vlez Paiz Hospital in early November 2006 She was feverish, bleeding, and in pain, and shed started having contractions She was miscarrying, and under the circumstances the doctors should have given her a drug to speed the process The reason they didnt remains unclear Heres what is known Just a week earlier Nicaraguas Asamblea Nacional voted to ban all abortions, even those meant to save a womans life In Bojorges case, an ultrasound showed that her fetus was alive, and her doctors, ignoring medical protocols in order to try to rescue the pregnancy, gave Bojorge a drug to stop her contractions She was kept on the medicine until tests a day later showed the fetus had died, at which point she was allowed to deliver By then, though, her placenta had detached and her uterus had filled with blood She went into shock and died.1Feminists and human rights activists around the world called Jazmina Bojorge the first victim of an abortion ban that would soon claim many , and the government promised an investigation The director of the hospital insisted that the new law, which hadnt even officially gone into effect when Bojorge died, had nothing to do with his doctors decisions Many Managua gynecologists, though, spoke of the fear and confusion that had descended onto their practices, and said that they, too, might be forced to withhold help from pregnant women with complications like those of Bojorge They are between a wall and a sword, said Carmen Solrzano, an ob gyn at Managuas bustling Hospital Militar, which serves around fifty thousand people in addition to soldiers and their families Solrzano has short dark hair, high cheekbones, and a brisk, serious manner Her office is a low ceilinged room with peach colored walls and a chugging air conditioner outside in the waiting area dozens of chairs are set up like an overcrowded classroom, almost all of them taken When I interviewed her in late November 2006, shed seen a case just the day before not unlike that of Jazmina Bojorge and, apparently, like the doctors at Fernando Vlez Paiz, shed felt forced to delay treatment.A woman had arrived in the middle of a miscarriage She was twelve weeks pregnant and bleeding, and her cervix was dilated When you have bleeding and you have a dilated cervix, you have to intervene, Solrzano said In such cases the medical manuals recommend giving the patient Oxytocin to help her expel the fetus But this womans fetus was alive, and under the new law Solrzano couldnt do anything until it died In the meantime, she said, the woman was at high risk of infection The patients mother pleaded with the doctor to end the pregnancy, saying shed hire a lawyer if anyone decided to prosecute But Solrzano had to make her wait If there is a heart beating, we cant intervene, she said We know the pro life people are after the gynecologists The patient, thankfully, survived Among many doctors there were rumors of coming persecutions Dr Ligia Altamirano, an exuberant, round woman with a high, lilting voice, is the former president of the Nicaraguan Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians She worked for twenty three years in the Ministry of Health before leaving it like a bad husband Undoubtedly women and doctors will go to jail, she said Doctors in El Salvador tell us that in the hospitals there are people from Pro Vidathe so called pro life movementwho, when a woman comes in with any type of miscarriage they call the attorney general, and there is an investigation.El Salvador is a frightening harbinger for Nicaraguas feminists Conservative forces in the Catholic Church, often working with American pro life groups, have long sought to bring Latin America, the worlds most Catholic region, into line with Vatican teachings on abortion, and in El Salvador their triumph has been total Since the late 1990s its been a country where all abortion is criminalized where women with ectopic pregnancies must wait for their fallopian tubes to burst, and where, as a New York Times Magazine article put it, forensic vagina inspectors treat womens bodies as potential homicide scenes.2 El Salvador is not the worlds only country where abortion is completely banned Malta eliminated an exemption allowing for abortions to save a pregnant womans life in 1981, and Augusto Pinochets military dictatorship did the same in Chile in 1989 But El Salvador is the poorest such country, so many women there dont have the means to seek abortions elsewhere, and its legal system has proven the most zealously prosecutorial.An intensified version of American style abortion politics has come to Latin America, pitting the local religious hierarchy and its supporters in the United States and the Vatican against feminists and their allies in Europe and the United Nations Nicaragua has had massive pro life marches, TV airings of The Silent Scream the famous antiabortion film , and in 2006 the first protests outside womens health clinics The rhetoric of family values certainly isnt new in NicaraguaVioleta Chamorros 1990 presidential campaign, which led to her victory over the Sandinistas, was saturated with it Nor did Nicaragua import its antiabortion ethos Even before October 26, 2006, when the countrys legislature voted to eliminate all legal abortions, the procedure wasnt easy to get Only therapeutic abortion, done to save a womans life, was permitted, and the law required three medical professionals to sign off on each one In practice doctors would end ectopic pregnanciesin which the fertilized egg lodges in a fallopian tube, which bursts if left untreatedwithout first getting a committees permission In the years before the ban fewer than ten therapeutic abortions annually had been approved in Nicaraguas public hospitals By contrast, around twenty two thousand underground abortions were performed in 2003 alone.3Because legal abortion was so rare in the country, the intensity of the recent campaign against it seemed strange The exemption for therapeutic abortions had been on the books for over one hundred years Since it was already so narrow that the vast majority of women with unwanted pregnancies couldnt take advantage of it, why did the government feel compelled to close it altogether, even if that meant sentencing some women to death Part of the answer lay in domestic politics Desperate for restoration, Sandinista leader Daniel Ortegaa man who has rarely hesitated to betray the revolutions feminist supportersfound Jesus and courted the church By coming out in favor of the ban and instructing Sandinista lawmakers to vote for it, he ensured the laws passage and garnered religious support for his presidential bid.A groundbreaking new work on the global battle over reproductive rights by the author of The New York Times bestseller Kingdom Coming Award winning journalist Michelle Goldberg shows how the emancipation of women has become the key human rights struggle of the twenty first century in The Means of Reproduction Deeply reported across four continents, the book explores issues such as abortion, female circumcision, and Asia s missing girls to dramatize the connections between international policymaking and individual lives Goldberg demonstrates how women s rights are key to addressing both overpopulation and rapid population decline, reducing world poverty, and retarding the spread of AIDS Sweeping and ambitious, this is a must read book for feminists, health and policy workers, and anyone concerned about the future of our world. 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    • The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World
    • 1.2
    • 24
    • Format Kindle
    • 272 pages
    • 9780143116882
    • Michelle Goldberg
    • Anglais
    • 18 May 2016

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