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Reproductive Rites and Wrongs

MARY C. CHURCHILL

in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.003.0009
Reproductive Rites and Wrongs

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This chapter examines the history and contemporary experience of Native American Indians, and the contribution of Native philosophies and religious practices to the question of population growth. It discusses reproductive rites, such as puberty ceremonies, and reproductive wrongs, such as the banning of religious practices in the Indian country. It emphasizes the importance of Native perspectives to dialogues on global issues and the validity of indigenous practices and philosophies in the study of religion. It also examines the rights and responsibilities of the American Indians, including the right to freedom of religion and indigenous women's reproductive freedom. The Native Women for Reproductive Rights Coalition, for instance, has created an “Agenda for Reproductive Rights” that reflects traditional Native religious values and articulates the rights of Native women to family planning, contraception, and abortion.

Keywords: Native American Indians; reproductive rites; reproductive wrongs; indigenous practices; puberty ceremonies; Agenda for Reproductive Rights; family planning; contraception; abortion

Chapter.  9957 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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