Abortion & the Politics of Motherhood by Kristin Luker

By Kristin Luker

In this significant learn of the abortion controversy within the usa, Kristin Luker examines the problems, humans, and ideology on either side of the abortion clash. She attracts info from 20 years of public files and newspaper bills, in addition to over 200 interviews with either pro-life and pro-choice activists. She argues that ethical positions on abortion are in detail tied to perspectives on sexual habit, the care of kids, family members lifestyles, know-how, and the significance of the individual.

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Moreover, during the second quarter of the century, deep doctrinal divisions appeared within the ranks of trained physicians themselves. For the first third of the century, physicians had depended on a model of illness that called upon the use of drastic medical treatments such as bleeding or the administration of harsh laxatives and emetics. 16 Two other developments during the course of the century kept the social and professional status of medicine low. First, as the effectiveness of "heroic" medicine was called into question by some physicians themselves, there was a proliferation of healers who advocated new models of treatment.

The pre- MEDICINE AND MORALITY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 31 dominance of proprietary medical schools combined with the virtual absence of any form of licensing meant that the regulars could control neither entry into the profession nor the performance of those who claimed healing capacities. 59 Because they could offer no direct, easily observable, and dramatic proof of their superiority, regular physicians were forced to make an indirect, symbolic claim about their status. By becoming visible activists on an issue such as abortion, they could claim both moral stature (as a highminded, self-regulating group of professionals) and technical expertise (derived from their superior training).

The "regular" physicians, who tended to be both wealthier and better educated than members of other medical sects, therefore sought to distinguish themselves both scientifically and socially from competing practitioners. Support of anti-abortion activity was admirably suited to this need. 47 At the same time, they could claim to be following the Hippocratic Oath, which contains a clause proscribing at least one form of abortion practice. * The abortion issue thus gave them a way of demonstrating that they were both more scientifically knowledgeable and more morally rigorous than their competitors.

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