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5.0 out of 5 stars From the mouths of docs, December 26, 2012
This review is from: Willing and Unable: Doctors' Constraints in Abortion Care (Paperback)
I read the article that was based on Chapter 6 in the Journal of Public Health, "When There's a Heartbeat," which led me to Ms. Freedman's book. In my job, I collect data on and provide support for families who have experienced an infant or fetal death, so I am no stranger to the medical imperative for some abortions or the challenges of obtaining one when needed, especially in a Catholic healthcare system. Interviews with family members are a large part of the data collection process I use, so I appreciate the power of the doctors' stories in Willing and Unable. I also appreciate that Ms. Freedman went into her research with a bias that she is honest about and that listening to the experiences of the doctors enlightened her to alter her hypothesis. Hopefully, readers will be similarly enlightened. Anyone who is passionate about the human right to access reproductive health services can very easily place blame: on politicians, consumers, healthcare administrators, the providers themselves -- but this doesn't always lead to constructive solutions to the problem. Because Ms. Freedman is sensitive to the realities the doctors face, she ends the book with some concrete and practical suggestions that advocates can use. Although the book is based on interviews meant to answer specific questions around access, it is appropriate for readers from across the political spectrum. Willing and Unable explains the complex circumstances around medically indicated abortions in lay terms, which is all but missing from the political debate for that very reason: it's too hard to explain to the general public in a sound bite. Willing and Unable gently pulls the often heated discussion around abortion in the direction of science and medicine, a good place for it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book!, November 13, 2012
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This review is from: Willing and Unable: Doctors' Constraints in Abortion Care (Paperback)
This book advances both medical sociology and the sociology of reproductive health by examining the constrained choices of doctors who have been trained to provide abortions but face numerous barriers to doing so. It richly examines how they deal with stigma, professional sanctions, practice rules against abortion provision, and declining autonomy in the era of managed care. This is the first work to take on this subject in depth. It is a brilliant account of the many ways in which antiabortion activism and "medicine as a business" combine to restrict abortion access. It combines gripping interview data with clever analysis and an engaging writing style.
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Willing and Unable: Doctors' Constraints in Abortion Care
Willing and Unable: Doctors' Constraints in Abortion Care by Lori Freedman (Paperback - August 9, 2010)
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