David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):51-56 (2011)
I argue that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as an organization and through its individual members, can and should be a far greater ally in the prevention of violence against women. Specifically, I argue that we need to pay attention to obstetrical practices that inadvertently contribute to the problem of violence against women. While intimate partner violence is a complex phenomenon, I focus on the coercive control of women and adherence to oppressive gender norms. Using physician response to alcohol use during pregnancy and court-ordered medical treatment as examples, I show how some obstetrical practices mirror the attitudes of abusive men insofar as they try to coercively control women's behavior through manipulation and violence. To be greater allies in the prevention of violence against women, obstetricians should stop participating in practices that inadvertently perpetuate violence against women.
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Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Lisa M. Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Lisa H. Harris, Rebecca Kukla, Miriam Kuppermann & Margaret Olivia Little (2009). Risk and the Pregnant Body. Hastings Center Report 39 (6):34-42.
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Caroline Bradbury-Jones & Elaine Lee (2011). Polemics and Pregnancy: A Response to Arguments About Ethical Obstetrical Care. American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):64-65.
Frank A. Chervenak & Laurence B. McCullough (2011). A Case Study in Junk Bioethics Run Amok. American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):59-61.
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April R. Dworetz & Toby Schonfeld (2011). Power in Practice: Best Interests or Coercive Control? American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):62-63.
Brad Partridge, Jayne Lucke & Wayne Hall (2011). In the Face of Uncertainty About the Risks of Low-Level Drinking, Abstinence Is Prudent, Not Misogynistic, Advice. American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):66-67.
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