Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women's Shelters and by Lori A. Brown

By Lori A. Brown

During this ebook, Lori Brown examines the connection among area, outlined bodily, legally and legislatively, and the way those components at once impression the areas of abortion. It analyses how a variety of political entities form the actual landscapes of inclusion and exclusion to reproductive healthcare entry, and questions what architecture's obligations are in recognize to this spatial conflict.Employing writing, drawing and mapping methodologies, this interdisciplinary venture explores regulations and legislatures which at once effect abortion coverage within the US, Mexico and Canada. It questions how those felony rulings produce spatial complexities and why structure is not extra culturally and spatially engaged with those areas. In Mexico, the place abortion is totally criminal merely in Mexico urban through the first trimester, girls needs to commute great distances and endure severe stipulations in an effort to entry the approach. Conservative country governments proceed to make abortion a significantly punishable crime. In Canada, there are nowhere close to the cultural and spiritual stigmas to abortion as within the US and Mexico. thoroughly criminal and with out regulations, Canada deals a major distinction to the continued abortion matters in the US and Mexico. studying the spatial implications of this sort of politicized area, this ebook expands past a examine of abortion health center and comprises different areas similar to women's shelters and hospitals that require a number of degrees of secured areas so that it will speak about the spatial ramifications of entry and safeguard inside areas which are hugely own, inner most, and infrequently mystery or perhaps hidden.In wondering what architecture's accountability is in those spatial conflicts, the booklet seems at how what structure 'does' can be utilized to re-evaluate the areas and safety round such contested areas, and eventually indicates what design's strength effect may be. In doing so, it indicates how architecture's function should be redefined inside social and spatial practices.

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As a result, my research assistants and I called all the pharmacies in South Dakota, North Dakota, Mississippi, Kentucky, Nebraska and Utah to determine if they stocked and sold the morning-after pill. We posed as women in need of the prescription and documented the responses of all pharmacists we were able to speak with. These results are represented in Chapter 5. It was important to be able to speak with on-the-ground providers in order to gain a more realistic understanding of how a state’s various laws impact and influence a women’s ability to access an abortion and how a provider’s clinic deals with the ongoing onslaught of protestors.

After consulting colleagues in other disciplines who research in other sensitive and politicized areas, they all agreed this would be the best way to protect my interviewees. Location is assigned by region of the country and no names are mentioned when discussing interviews. The research presented in this book is really a hybrid of sorts. As an architect I have most often worked through drawings and models. Due to this subject matter and the goals of the research, mapping and diagramming seemed more introduction 17 appropriate and better suited in conveying the data collected.

Prior to arriving at an area, letters of introduction were mailed to local clinics including an overview of the research, information about myself and my university affiliation with my website and business card about four to six weeks in advance. I would then follow up with a series of phone calls in hopes of setting up an appropriate time to meet someone at their clinic. Typically this step would take several rounds of phone messages before being able to speak directly with a clinic director or doctor.

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