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Defiant Birth : Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics, Paperback Book

Defiant Birth : Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics Paperback

Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist


Todays society demands physical perfection from all and regards medical and scientific technologies as saviours to be embraced whatever the cost.

To have a child who has been diagnosed with a disability is deemed not just unnecessary, but careless and even immoral.

This book tells the courageous stories of women who continued their pregnancies despite intense pressure from doctors, family members and social expectations.

These women were told they shouldnt have their babies because of a perceived imperfection in the child, or because their own disabilities do not fit within the parameters of what a mother should be.

In the face of silent disapproval and open hostility, they have confronted the stigma of disability and had their children anyway.

Some of the writers tell of grave misdiagnosis, others of life-changing experiences, discovering the joy and love in children considered unworthy of life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Spinifex Press
  • Publication Date:
  • ISBN: 9781925581911



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