Producing Reproductive Rights: Determining Abortion Policy Worldwide

Producing Reproductive Rights: Determining Abortion Policy Worldwide

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With events and movements such as #MeToo, the Gender Equality UN Sustainable Development Goal, the Irish and Chilean abortion policy changes, and the worldwide Women's March movement, women's rights are at the top of the global public agenda. Yet, countries around the world continue to debate if and how women should have access to reproductive rights, and specifically abortion. This book provides the most comprehensive comparative review of this topic to date. How are reproductive rights produced? This book analyzes three spheres of influence on abortion policymaking: civil society, national government, and international bodies. It engages scholars as well as undergraduate and graduate students in social sciences, law, gender studies, and development and sustainability studies. With insights into the influence of intergovernmental bodies, international health organizations, state-level political representatives, and religious civil society players, this book will be of interest to policymakers, organizations and individuals concerned with influencing reproductive policy.

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ISBN-13: 9781108600088
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Udi Sommer is Senior Lecturer at the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University. He has also taught political science at Columbia and SUNY. He is Chair of The Israel Young Academy and Head of the Center for the Study of the United States at Tel Aviv University. Sommer is the author of over twnenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and two books, Supreme Court Agenda Setting (2014) and Legal Path Dependence and the Long Arm of the Religious State (2016). He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the European Union, Fulbright and NSF and was a finalist in the LSA 2nd Half-Century Project.
Aliza Forman-Rabinovici is a Ph.D. candidate at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender and public policy, and the role and impact of female leadership in politics. Forman Rabinovici has had articles published in top peer-reviewed journals and serves as the academic advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology's Council for the Advancement of Women as well as a policy researcher and advisor for major political parties and figures in Israel.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: producing reproductive rights; Part I. Civil Society Sphere: 2. The civil society sphere: religion and reproductive health; 3. The politics of religion and reproductive health: the cases of Chile and Bahrain; Part II. State Government Sphere: 4. The sphere of national governments: dimensions of representation; 5. Reproductive rights and the nation-state: the cases of New Zealand and Rwanda; Part III. The International Sphere: 6. The international sphere: going beyond civil society and the nation-state; 7. Case studies from the international sphere: The ICPD PoA and the African Union; 8. Conclusions: final thoughts and avenues for future comparative research on abortion.

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