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Sacred Bond
Sacred Bond
Author: Phyllis Chesler
ISBN-13: 9780812917451
ISBN-10: 0812917456
Pages: 212
Edition: 1st ed
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Publisher: Crown
Book Type: Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Chesler (Women and Madness, etc.) here emotionally addresses grave questions arising from the widely publicized struggle for custody of Baby M. Mary Beth Whitehead agreed to bear the child, in 1985, as a surrogate mother for Betsy and William Stern, but refused to give up the baby, thus precipitating lawsuits and national debate over parental rights. The author, a psychotherapist and feminist who publicly spoke in favor of Whitehead and organized a campaign against surrogacy, describes her involvement and the support of women's-rights activists in a book that is, unfortunately, so intemperate as to dilute the vital issues raised. She describes the women who attended the birth mother's trial as "blood-thirsty, pro-male, pro-middle class," Whitehead as "condemned and tormented" like a "character in a soap opera." Much relevance is buried under Chesler's vehement accusations against a woman-hating society that regards a surrogate as a "womb for hire." Nevertheless, the book serves to alert the public to the moral and social considerations of surrogacy. Appended are court briefs, verdicts and the Stern/Whitehead parenting contract. First serial to Ms.
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From Library Journal
"Money be damned. I made a mistake. I can't abandon my own flesh and blood." Chesler ( Mothers on Trial ) recounts the Whitehead-Stern surrogacy experience from a feminist point of view, analyzes the episodes legally and socially, and relates the issues to adoption, motherhood, and the family. Taking this case as another example of the double standard, Chesler argues strongly that surrogacy is a form of child abuse and sex discrimination. Concluding that surrogates are victims of the patriarchal system that instills the Christian tenets of female obedience, sacrifice, and subservience, Chesler turns the tables by comparing a male's dilemma of deciding to sell his kidney and then changing his mind. Controversial, passionate, and stimulating. For large public libraries. Karen Hays Jackson, Susanna Wesley Sch., Tallahassee, Fla.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.