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UnexpectedParenting, Prenatal Testing, and Down Syndrome$
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Alison Piepmeier

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479816637

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479816637.001.0001

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The Inadequacy of “Choice”

The Inadequacy of “Choice”

Disability, Feminism, and Reproduction

(p.31) 2 The Inadequacy of “Choice”

Alison Piepmeier

George Estreich

Rachel Adams

NYU Press

This chapter examines the limitations of feminist discussions about disability and reproduction. Feminism and disability rights often hold different places in reproductive justice discussions. Feminism often oversimplifies the idea of reproductive choice, focusing on individual women and endorsing cultural stereotypes of disability. As a counterpoint to the scholarly literature of these issues, Alison Piepmeier interviewed twenty-nine parents of children with Down syndrome, asking them about their pregnancy, prenatal testing, and their families. The responses of these parents illustrate how families need more support than just individual rights to raise a child with a disability. Although reproductive decisions may rest on an individual woman, she must also consider community support and health services in her decision to raise a child, particularly one with a disability.

Keywords:   prenatal testing, Down syndrome, disability rights, feminism, cultural stereotypes, reproductive justice, community support

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