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Abortion in Asia : local dilemmas, global politics
Fertility, reproduction, and sexuality ; v. 20
Publication Information:
New York : Berghahn Books, 2010
Physical Description:
xii, 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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30000010266911 HQ767.5.A7 A26 2010 Open Access Book Book

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The issue of abortion forces a confrontation with the effects of poverty and economic inequalities, local moral worlds, and the cultural and social perceptions of the female body, gender, and reproduction. Based on extensive original field research, this provocative collection presents case studies from Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and India. It includes powerful insight into the conditions and hard choices faced by women and the circumstances surrounding unplanned pregnancies. It explores the connections among poverty, violence, barriers to access, and the politics and strategies involved in abortion law reform. The contributors analyze these issues within the broader conflicts surrounding women's status, gender roles, religion, nationalism and modernity, as well as the global politics of reproductive health.

Author Notes

Andrea Whittaker is Associate Professor in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia. Her previous publications include Intimate Knowledge: Women and their health in North-east Thailand (2000), Women's Health in South-east Asia (edited, 2002) and Abortion, Sin, and the State in Thailand (2004). Her current research interests focus on infertility and reproductive tourism and medical travel in Thailand and the region.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Appendices
List of Contributors
Chapter 1 Abortion in Asia: an overviewAndrea Whittaker
Chapter 2 Contraceptive use and unsafe abortion in rural CambodiaElizabeth Hoban and Tung Rathavy and Phirun Lam
Chapter 3 Between remembering and forgetting: Post-diagnostic abortions in Hanoi, VietnamTine M. Gammeltoft
Chapter 4 Violence, Poverty and 'Weakness'- Interpersonal and institutional reasons why Burmese women on the Thai border utilise abortionSuzanne Belton
Chapter 5 Quality of care and pregnancy terminations for adolescent women in urban slums, Bangladesh SabinaFaiz Rashid
Chapter 6 Choosing abortion providers in rural Tamil Nadu: Balancing costs and quality of careLakshmi Ramachandar and Pertti J Pelto
Chapter 7 Abortion in Vietnam: History, culture and politics collide in the era of doi moi Merrill Wolf, Phan Bich Thuy, AlysonHyman and Amanda Huber
Chapter 8 Abortion and politics in IndonesiaTerence H Hull and Ninuk Widyantoro
Chapter 9 Barriers to access to abortion services in Malaysia: Misinformation and stigmaRashidah Abdullah and Yut-Lin Wong
Chapter 10 Improving access to safe termination of pregnancy in Thailand: An analysis of the policy development during 1999 to 2006Nongluk Boonthai and Sripen Tantivess and Viroj Tangcharoensathien and Kamheang Chaturachinda
Chapter 11 Epilogue: Further challengesAndrea Whittaker