Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern

Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern

Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern

Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern


Every woman in the world has the right to control her own body, plan her family, receive good quality medical care, and give birth to a healthy baby. This book takes a comprehensive look at the status of women's reproductive rights from a transnational, human-rights perspective.

"Reproductive justice" is a relatively new term that underscores the fact that the existence of reproductive rights does not mean that women are able to exercise those rights. For women unable to exercise their rights for any number of reasons—a lack of available services where they live, lack of money or health insurance to pay for services, being forbidden by family members to seek services—the reality is they have no choices to make and possess little if any control over their own bodies, regardless of what the government states their "rights" are.

Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern provides a comprehensive and integrated examination of the status of reproductive rights for the world's women, covering a wide range of reproductive rights issues. Topics include women's rights to determine their own sexuality and choose their own partners, rape, sex trafficking, fertility treatments and other assisted reproductive technologies, contraception and abortion, maternal and infant mortality, postpartum support, and breastfeeding.


This exciting book is the culmination of years of advocacy and collaborative work by women psychologists and active members of the International Committee for Women (Division 52—International Psychology) and the Global Issues Committee (Division 35—Society for the Psychology of Women) within the American Psychological Association (APA). a decade ago the collaborative efforts of these two groups blossomed in parallel with the effort to infuse a greater international feminist focus within apa. Whether there are social justice concerns, as in the aftermath of apartheid or ethnic civil wars, or economic concerns, as in the proliferation of new markets and multinational corporations, international events, trends, and issues have become increasingly relevant not only to psychology’s interests and involvement, but to all fields and disciplines. Women’s issues, however, have not been specifically singled out for study or attention in the internationalization of psychology within apa until more recent times. in contrast, issues related to gender and the psychology of women and gender within the U.S. have long been integrated into the concerns, policies, and activities of the American Psychological Association. apa itself has a Women’s Programs Office and a Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP) within the Public Interest Directorate, and Division 35—the Society for the Psychology of Women (SPW) is one of the largest and most active divisions in apa.

In recent years a groundswell of interest has resulted in several initiatives and newly formed organizations that have expanded the horizons of the area of psychology of women in terms of a global perspective. in 1990 Division 35 formed the Global Issues Committee (GIC), which is now a standing committee of the Society of the Psychology of Women. the general . . .

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