"This is an important, timely, and accessible book that fills a significant gap in the literature on global reproductive health." - Tracy A. Weitz, Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Bixby Center, University of California, San Francisco
Globally, more than one fourth of all pregnancies are unintended. Emergency contraceptives are medications or devices that can be used after sex to reduce the risk of pregnancy. But despite their safety and efficiancy, emergency contraceptives pills have sparked controversy world wide. Examining the journey of emergency contraceptives pills in 14 countries and contexts, this edited volume explores the ways that a global reproductive health technology is inflected with local cultural meaning and simultaneously influenced by transcendent challenges that condition its introduction. These portraits of activism and opposition highlight the range of social, cultural, religious, and political contexts that shape the interpretation of new medical technologies.
Angel M. Foster is an affiliated scholar at Ibis Reproductive Health. She also holds the Echo Chair in Women's Health Research at the University of Ottawa, where she is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences. A 1996 Rhodes Scholar from Oregon, she received her DPhil in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her AM in international policy studies from Stanford University. Her current research focuses on emergency contraception, abortion, and health professions education.
L.L. Wynn is Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She received her PhD in anthropology from Princeton University, where she also held two postdoctoral research positions. Her current research is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant and focuses on new and emerging reproductive health technologies in Egypt, including emergency contraception and hymenoplasty.
"This project breaks new ground. Other books have looked at how science impacts gender, sexuality, and reproductive issues and how it generally politicizes them. This book sets out purposefully to engage this discussion across all regions of the world. ...It will contribute to a growing literature that questions old assumptions: that religion determines use of medical technology; that state control is absolute; that developed countries have more rational approaches to health technology use."
-Donna Lee Bowen, Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University