Please find below, information on a newly published book called - 'Defiant
Birth : Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics' by Melinda Tankard Reist. It is
an anthology of stories by women who have had disabled children and disabled
women who have had children.
I am Thalidomide Impaired, and my own story 'Just Crash Through' about
having our son James, is published in the book.
At the moment it is only available in Australia, but is due to be published
here in the UK and in the USA in May or June.
Below the information about the book, is an order form for those who may
wish to order a copy!
Please also feel free to circulate this information on your own Networks.
RMS Disability Issues Consultancy
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Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics
Melinda Tankard Reist
'In the face of widespread discrimination against the disabled and a eugenic
culture which pathologises disability and crushes diversity, comes a new
book which radically challenges the status quo.
Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics, tells the personal stories
of women who have given birth despite medical expectations - women who were
told they shouldn't have babies because of a perceived disability in
themselves or some imperfection in the child. They have confronted the
stigma of disability and in the face of silent disapproval and even open
hostility, had their children anyway, in the belief that all life is
valuable and that some are not more worthy of it than others.
This is a book about women who have dared challenge the utilitarian medical
model/mindset. Disparaged and treated as pariahs for departing from accepted
medical wisdom they have chosen non-compliance with medical/social prejudice
and defiantly said yes to their babies, and no to the cult of perfection.'
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