Centering on the claim that abortion
can result in Post Abortion Syndrome, the author examines the
"medicalization" of the abortion problem on both sides
of the Atlantic. Lee points to contrasts in legal and medical
dimensions of the abortion issue that make for some important
differences, but argues that in both the United States and Britain,
the PAS claim in fact constitutes an example of the limits to
medicalization. She contends that examination of contests over
PAS points not so much to demedicalization as to the construction
of its alternativemotherhoodas a psychological ordeal.
Centrally, Lee makes the case for looking to the social dimensions
of mental health problems to account for and understand debates
about what makes women ill.
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