Book Review: Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. By Rayna Rapp, New York: Routledge, 368 pp., $31.95 (hardcover); $19.95 (paper)

Book Review: Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. By... P1: VENDOR/GCQ/FJQ P2: GCR Sex Roles [sers] pp311-sers-362485 November 24, 2001 8:5 Style file version Nov. 19th, 1999 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 45, Nos. 1/2, July 2001 ( 2001) Book Review Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. By Rayna Rapp, New York: Routledge, 368 pp., $31.95 (hardcover); $19.95 (paper). Rayna Rapp’s compelling book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus, appeared in my mailbox on a day otherwise spent seeing patients in my clinical prac- tice. Coincidentally, I saw a woman on that day who was pregnant for the second time. She had been young when her first child was born, and for that reason she was not offered amniocentesis. This first baby was born with a serious congenital anomaly and yet the young mother had chosen to have no prenatal testing done with this pregnancy, either. Her reasoning was complex and included her belief that prenatal testing would not have found the prob- lem with the first baby and a sense of “fairness” to this second child. Later that same day, I counseled another woman who had recently undergone an abortion after her fetus had been diagnosed with multiple serious malforma- tions. Although http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Book Review: Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. By Rayna Rapp, New York: Routledge, 368 pp., $31.95 (hardcover); $19.95 (paper)

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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Copyright © 2001 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1013020603653
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P1: VENDOR/GCQ/FJQ P2: GCR Sex Roles [sers] pp311-sers-362485 November 24, 2001 8:5 Style file version Nov. 19th, 1999 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 45, Nos. 1/2, July 2001 ( 2001) Book Review Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. By Rayna Rapp, New York: Routledge, 368 pp., $31.95 (hardcover); $19.95 (paper). Rayna Rapp’s compelling book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus, appeared in my mailbox on a day otherwise spent seeing patients in my clinical prac- tice. Coincidentally, I saw a woman on that day who was pregnant for the second time. She had been young when her first child was born, and for that reason she was not offered amniocentesis. This first baby was born with a serious congenital anomaly and yet the young mother had chosen to have no prenatal testing done with this pregnancy, either. Her reasoning was complex and included her belief that prenatal testing would not have found the prob- lem with the first baby and a sense of “fairness” to this second child. Later that same day, I counseled another woman who had recently undergone an abortion after her fetus had been diagnosed with multiple serious malforma- tions. Although

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