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The Global Biopolitics of the IUDHow Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies$
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Chikako Takeshita

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016582

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016582.001.0001

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“IUDs Are Not Abortifacients”: The Biopolitics of Contraceptive Mechanisms

“IUDs Are Not Abortifacients”: The Biopolitics of Contraceptive Mechanisms

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The Global Biopolitics of the IUD

Chikako Takeshita

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with the mechanism by which pregnancy is prevented as it relates to antiabortion politics. It examines the alliance between contraceptive researchers and reproductive-choice feminists around the debate on intrauterine device (IUD)’s mechanism of action. It describes how contesting views on the mechanism of the IUD were built in relationship to each other. This chapter shows that IUDs are not abortifacient by pointing to the unlikelihood of fertilization. It suggests that IUD developers appropriately claim themselves to be allies of feminists. It reveals that the scientific debate around the IUD’s mechanism of action is an important ingredient in the discursive transformation.

Keywords:   pregnancy, antiabortion politics, intrauterine device, mechanism of action, abortifacient, fertilization

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