- Series: Contraversions, Critical Studies in Jewish Literature Culture and Society , No 11
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (July 6, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520210751
- ISBN-13: 978-0520210752
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania First Edition
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"Essentially an ethnography about politics, public policy, and lived experience, this timely analysis of the Orwellian tragedy of Ceausescu's Romania is superbly researched--a cross-disciplinary contribution of immense value and wide interest that in places almost reads like a novel."--Henry P. David, author of "Born Unwanted
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The Ceaucescu government of Romania, because of Catholicism, banned abortion completely.
I guess the dictator went to bed with a clear conscience every night, which probably was enough for him.
The results - those orphanage filled with toddlers untouched, untaught, and unnurtured, standing in cribs with their arms out every time a non-profit person trying to help entered the room; young women with ruined reproductive systems because in desperation they sought to end a pregnancy but found none but butchers to end their situation, which might have included being killed by their families for honor (they will never be mothers when they want to be, as a result) - and a culture in which everyone lied about everything out of fear and need to cover-up the most private shame - were morally disastrous.
Abortion is not the only drama. Saving the planet and caring for one another, even to the point of sacrificing some of our own "pure" conscience, and comfortable lifestyles, is what true morality requires of us if we dare respond with love. This book was brought to my attention by my son who read it as an undergraduate at Brown University. It's a bit of a slog. But a necessary one. The "abortion wars" in the US have bee manipulated by a cruel oligarchy who thinks nothing of letting living people die if they can't afford health care, or of turning our children into cannon fodder for wars by which they, not people here or abroad, profit.