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Author Kimball, Natalie L., author.

Title An open secret : the history of unwanted pregnancy and abortion in modern Bolivia / Natalie L. Kimball
Published New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1. Legislating Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Bolivia -- 2. Double Discourses: Social Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproduction -- 3. Feelings, Attitudes, and Decisions: Reproductive Decision Making in the Urban Andes -- 4. Navigating Unwanted Pregnancy in La Paz and El Alto, 1950s-1980s -- 5. Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in the Wake of Democracy, 1982-2010 -- 6. Abortion and the Law in La Paz and El Alto -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Interviewee Information
Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author
Summary "Many women throughout the world face the challenge of confronting an unexpected or an unwanted pregnancy, yet these experiences are often shrouded in silence. An Open Secret draws on personal interviews and medical records to uncover the history of women's experiences with unwanted pregnancy and abortion in the South American country of Bolivia. This Andean nation is home to a diverse population of indigenous and mixed-race individuals who practice a range of medical traditions. Centering on the cities of La Paz and El Alto, the book explores how women decided whether to continue or terminate their pregnancies and the medical practices to which women recurred in their search for reproductive health care between the early 1950s and 2010. It demonstrates that, far from constituting private events with little impact on the public sphere, women's intimate experiences with pregnancy contributed to changing policies and services in reproductive health in Bolivia"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 15, 2020)
Subject Abortion -- Bolivia -- History
Reproductive rights -- Bolivia -- History
Unwanted pregnancy -- Bolivia -- History
HISTORY / General
Reproductive rights.
Unwanted pregnancy.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813590752