Reproductive Justice
A Global Concern
by Joan C. Chrisler, Editor
February 2012, 318pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39339-6
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The statistics are ugly: one woman somewhere in the world dies every minute of every day due to pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications. The United Nations estimates that three million girls worldwide are at risk of female genital cutting each year. Every year, tens of thousands of women die due to unsafe abortions. And the sex trafficking of girls and women continues to be a problem that affects many countries.

Every woman in the world has the right to control her own body, plan her family, receive good quality medical care, and give birth to a healthy baby. This book takes a comprehensive look at the status of women's reproductive rights from a transnational, human-rights perspective.

“Reproductive justice” is a relatively new term that underscores the fact that the existence of reproductive rights does not mean that women are able to exercise those rights. For women unable to exercise their rights for any number of reasons—a lack of available services where they live, lack of money or health insurance to pay for services, being forbidden by family members to seek services—the reality is they have no choices to make and possess little if any control over their own bodies, regardless of what the government states their “rights” are.

Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern provides a comprehensive and integrated examination of the status of reproductive rights for the world’s women, covering a wide range of reproductive rights issues. Topics include women’s rights to determine their own sexuality and choose their own partners, rape, sex trafficking, fertility treatments and other assisted reproductive technologies, contraception and abortion, maternal and infant mortality, postpartum support, and breastfeeding.


  • Contributions from 25 distinguished international scholars with research, practice, and public policy expertise on reproductive rights
  • Bibliography with each chapter
  • Concluding chapter on international public policy
Joan C. Chrisler, PhD, is Class of 1943 Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College, New London, CT, where she teaches courses on health psychology and the psychology of women. Her published works include Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives and From Menarche to Menopause: The Female Body in Feminist Therapy.


2013 Distinguished Publication Award—Association for Women in Psychology, August 2, 2013


"This book provides a solid overview of what is included in the concept of women’s reproductive justice and offers a starting point for those interested in exploring this topic. In sum, this is a volume that needs to exist."—Sex Roles, February 1, 2013

"Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern reflects and documents the maturation of an emerging perspective into a subfield. It should be widely read, used in teaching, and celebrated as an example of how psychology can be fully attentive to social structures and contexts, as well as contribute to understanding and addressing important social issues arising in women's most private and personal experiences worldwide."—PsycCRITIQUES, October 31, 2012

"Edited by feminist psychologist Joan Chrisler, the chapters are organically organized into twelve key issues that affect the overall well-being of women and girls worldwide. . . . Chrisler includes topics that are often not portrayed as — even though they clearly are — reproductive justice issues . . . In addition to expanding what reproductive justice means for the reader by including topics that are not often explicitly referred to as reproductive issues, the contributors partner heartbreaking stories and statistics with hopeful solutions, allowing the reader to become an active participant in the material. . . . [T]his much-needed endeavor largely succeeds in acknowledging the myriad issues, both domestic and global, that affect the overall well-being of women and girls . . ."—Feminist Collections, October 13, 2014
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