HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives

Hardcover | October 1, 1982

EditorRuth R. Faden, Nancy E. Kass

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Whether, with whom, and when to have children are among the most precious of our private decisions. Increasingly, however, the interest of others in these decisions raise difficult questions about the role of government and health professionals in influencing reproductive choice. Nowhere isthis tension felt more keenly than in the context of HIV and AIDS. This book takes on the tough issues related to HIV and childbearing: Is there a moral right to have children? What are the limits of persuasion? Are there constitutional constraints on interference with reproduction? What are theprecedents with restricting the childbearing behavior of women who use drugs? The book includes original work by doctors, lawyers, ethicists, and public health professionals. Also included are the experiences of HIV-infected women and their health care providers. Interviews were conducted over atwo-year period with HIV-infected women and with health care providers from four cities to examine what issues of childbearing in the context of HIV mean to them. The book is divided into four sections on medical and public health issues, legal issues, ethical and social issues, and comments fromthe community. It concludes with recommendations for clinical practice and public policy. Public policy makers, health care providers, practitioners in bioethics, pediatrics, health law, and obstetrics/gynecology will find this book invaluable when dealing with issues related to HIV andchildbearing.

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Whether, with whom, and when to have children are among the most precious of our private decisions. Increasingly, however, the interest of others in these decisions raise difficult questions about the role of government and health professionals in influencing reproductive choice. Nowhere isthis tension felt more keenly than in the cont...

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Whether, with whom, and when to have children are among the most precious of our private decisions. Increasingly, however, the interests of others in these decisions raise difficult questions about the role of government and health professionals in influencing reproductive choice. Nowhere is this tension felt more keenly than in the co...

Ruth R. Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Bioethics Institute at Johns Hopkins University. From 1994-1995, she was appointed by President Clinton to chair the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. Dr. Faden has published extensively in ethics and health ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.3 inPublished:October 1, 1982Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Part I: Medical and Public Health Issues1. A. Saah,: The Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in Women2. L. Eldred and R. Chaisson: The Clinical Course of HIV Infection in Women3. J. Anderson: Gynecologic and Obstetrical Issues in HIV-Infected Women4. N. Hutton: Health Prospects for children Born to HIV-Infected Women5. L. Wissow: Psychosocial Issues for Children Born to HIV-Infected Women6. L. Solomon and S. Cohn: Access to and Utilization of Health Services by HIV-Infected Women7. M.E. McCaul, M.L. Blanton and D.S. Svikis: Drug Use, HIV Status and ReproductionPart II: Legal Issues8. T.L. Banks: Legal Challenges: State Intervention, Reproduction, and HIV-Infected Women9. K. Rothenberg: Reproductive Choice and Reality: An Assessment of Tort Liability for Health-Care Providers and Women with HIV/AIDS10. K. Acuff: Perinatal Drug Use: State Interventions and the Implications for HIV Infected WomenPart III: Ethical and Social Issues11. M.G. Bloche: Clinical Counseling and the Problem of Autonomy-Negating Influence12. M. Powers: The Moral Right to Have Children13. P. King: Reproductive Choices of Adolescent Females with HIV/AIDS14. A. Allen: Moral Multiculturalism, Childbearing, and AIDSPart IV: Voices from the Community15. N. Kass and R. Faden: Practices and Opinions of Health Care Providers Serving HIV-Infected Women16. N. Kass and R. Faden: In Women's Words: The Values and Life Experiences of HIV-Infected WomenPart V: Conclusion17. The Working Group: HIV Infection and Childbearing : A Proposal for Policy and Clinical Practice

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"Very detailed arguments, legal, moral, and philosophical....This book is rich in detail..."--University of Toronto Medical Journal