Abortion Care as Moral Work: Ethical Considerations of Maternal and Fetal Bodies (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine) (Paperback)
Abortion Care as Moral Work brings together the voices of abortion providers, abortion counselors, clinic owners, neonatologists, bioethicists, and historians to discuss how and why providing abortion care is moral work. The collection offers voices not usually heard as clinicians talk about their work and their thoughts about life and death. In four subsections--Providers, Clinics, Conscience, and The Fetus--the contributions in this anthology explore the historical context and present-day challenges to the delivery of abortion care. Contributing authors address the motivations that lead abortion providers to offer abortion care, discuss the ways in which anti-abortion regulations have made it increasingly difficult to offer feminist-inspired services, and ponder the status of the fetus and the ethical frameworks supporting abortion care and fetal research. Together these essays provide a feminist moral foundation to reassert that abortion care is moral work.
About the Author
JOHANNA SCHOEN is a professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey. She is the author of Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare, and Abortion after Roe.
"Beautiful, depressing, and hopeful. This book is crucial for understanding the realities of abortion in America. As told by providers, women who have abortions, and scholars, the stories in this book upend the lie that paints abortion users and practitioners as frivolous and uncaring human beings. Abortion Care reveals the the care, love, and deep morality that guides abortion practice."
— Leslie J. Reagan
"This collection contains some truly moving personal testimony that deserves a wide readership. The voices of providers are what make the collection so powerful."
— Janet Golden