Dangerous pregnancies: mothers, disabilities, and abortion in modern America
Responses to the epidemic highlighted how the birth of a disabled child wrecked havoc on the status of white, middle-class, heterosexual, nuclear families. The epidemic came closely after alarming reports about severe birth defects in infants born to women who had taken the sleeping pill thalidomide while pregnant. Although the U. Food and Drug Administration had not approved the drug, some American women were able to obtain the drug from overseas. During the pronatalist s and s, media coverage emphasized the deviant nature of abortion and of the women who sought these procedures.
Both cases showed that hospital abortion committees were fickle and arbitrary.
Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America
For the Stewarts, an African American couple, race posed an additional hurdle. While they had private health insurance, racial discrimination denied them access to physicians who had connections to hospital abortion review committees. Reagan is less successful in showing how the German measles epidemic contributed to the emerging disability rights movement. Reagan claims that even the suits filed by the Stewarts and Gleitmans reflected an aspect of this rights movement, since their aim was to get resources for their children.
Rubella immunization campaigns weakened the disability rights perspective even further.
Dangerous pregnancies : mothers, disabilities, and abortion in modern America
Abortion rights are increasingly under assault, and stigmatizing language about disability and misconceptions about persons with disabilities remain with us today. Citation: Heather Munro Prescott.
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