Beggars and Choosers How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States

ISBN-10: 0809028603
ISBN-13: 9780809028603
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Authors: Rickie Solinger
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

An impassioned argument for reproductive rights In the late 1960s and early 1970s, advocates of legal abortion mostly used the term rights when describing their agenda. But after Roe v. Wade, their determination to develop a respectable, nonconfrontational movement encouraged many of them to use the word choice--an easier concept for people weary of various rights movements. At first the distinction in language didn't seem to make much difference-the law seemed to guarantee both. But in the years since, the change has become enormously important. In Beggars and Choosers, Solinger shows how historical distinctions between women of color and white women, between poor and middle-class women, were used in new ways during the era of "choice." Politicians and policy makers began to exclude certain women from the class of "deserving mothers" by using the language of choice to create new public policies concerning everything from Medicaid funding for abortions to family tax credits, infertility treatments, international adoption, teen pregnancy, and welfare. Solinger argues that the class-and-race-inflected guarantee of "choice" is a shaky foundation on which to build our notions of reproductive freedom. Her impassioned argument is for reproductive rights as human rights--as a basis for full citizenship status for women.

Rickie Solinger is the author ofPregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in AmericaandWake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Rose v. Wade,among other books. She is the editor ofAbortion Wars (UC Press). Paula C. Johnson is Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law and the author ofInner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison.Attorney Martha L. Raimon has directed the Incarcerated Mothers Law Project at the Women's Prison Association and is now Senior Associate at Center for the Study of Social Policy. Tina Reynolds is Co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH) and adjunct lecturer at York College/CUNY. Ruby C. Tapia is Associate Professor of Comparative Studies and Women's Studies at The Ohio State University and the author ofBreeding Ghosts: Race, Death, and the Maternal in Visual Culture.

Acknowledgments
Choice Is a Moving Target
Justifying Choice: The Back Alley Butcher as Spectral Icon
Claiming Rights in the Era of Choice: Part I: Awakenings
Claiming Rights in the Era of Choice: Part II: Concerned United Birthparents
Constraining Choice: Welfare Queens as Illegitimate Consumers
Motherhood as Class Privilege in America: A Public Policy Project
Notes
Index

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