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Palgrave Macmillan

Emergency Contraception

The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology

ISBN 9781137016478
Publication Date March 2012
Formats Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Worldwide, more than one fourth of all pregnancies are unintended. Emergency contraception, which could lower this number, continues to spark political controversy worldwide. In this edited volume, authors explore how emergency contraception has been received, interpreted, and politicized. Through the in-depth examination of the journey of EC in 16 countries, chapters in this book reveal the ways that a global reproductive health technology is inflected with local cultural meaning and simultaneously influenced by challenges that condition the introduction of a new technology.

Angel M. Fosteris a senior associate at Ibis Reproductive Health and the Echo Chair in Women's Health Research at the University of Ottawa.L. L. Wynnis a lecturer at Macquarie University.

PART I: SETTING THE CONTEXT The birth of a global reproductive health technology: An introduction to the journey of emergency contraception; L. L. Wynn & A. M. Foster

Emergency contraception: Hopes & realities; J. Trussell


United States: Activism, sexual archetypes, and the politicization of science; L. L. Wynn

Canada: Competing frames of access and authority; J. N. Erdman

Jamaica: A success story in moving to nonprescription status; D. Chin-Quee

Mexico: Expanding access through partnerships and persistence; R. Schiavon & E. Westley

Chile: One step forward, one step back; V. Schiappacasse & S. Díaz

Britain: Contradictory messages about sexual responsibility; A. Furedi

France: A pioneer in the switch to nonprescription status; C. Moreau & E. Gainer

Tunisia: A global leader in reproductive health and rights; A. M. Foster

Lebanon: Can introduction be too quiet?; F. El-Kak

Morocco: A personal account of the introduction saga; S. Harti

Nigeria: Creating demand and increasing availability; D. A. Lang, J. Keesbury & A. S. Karlyn

Australia: Organized physician opposition to nonprescription status; H. Calabretto

Bangladesh: A model for national family planning program integration; S. M. I. Hossain & M. E. Khan

The Thailand-Burma border: Addressing needs in long-term conflict settings; C. Sietstra

PART III: Conclusion

The future of emergency contraception: Where are we now and where are we going?; E. Westley


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