Annotated Works Cited: Reproductive Rights

  • Antelava, Natalia. “Forced Sterilisation in Uzbekistan.” BBC Radio 4. BBC. 16 Apr. 2012. Radio.

This is a radio story about forced sterilization in Uzbekistan. It talks about the situation from interviewing women and healthcare professionals and gives a lot of background about the Uzbek government. This show is definitely on the side of the women in Uzbekistan instead of the government. It is a very helpful source, although it doesn’t say much about anything outside of Uzbekistan but it gives a lot of background information. It really helped me and gave me an example of one of worst ways to control the population.

  • The Audubon Society. Population and Habitat: Making the Connection. N.p.: Audubon Society, n.d. Print.

This is an interesting brochure from the Audubon Society about how population affects the world. The Audubon Society does a lot of research around population and the environment gives them a lot of credibility. To be honest though, I did not read the whole thing, the part that really interested me was this graph of how U.S. funding for population control has gone down while population has gone up.

  • Do Fetuses Feel Pain During An Abortion?by Rich Deem.” Do Fetuses Feel Pain During An Abortion? N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.
  • “Feature Story.” UNFPA. Shannon Egan, 21 Apr. 2009. Web. 16 Jan. 2014.

This is the story about the ethiopian man who has 27 children. This source gives an excellent example of people who do not have the education or access to birth control. This source is helpful but not entirely important in the whole narrative. The goal of UNFPA is to reduce extreme poverty and overpopulation, so I am assuming the goal of this article is to spread awareness about overpopulation because of lack of sexual education and contraceptive options. Although very interesting and informative this source does not shape my narrative a whole lot.

  • Hartmann, Betsy. Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and Contraceptive Choice. Boston, A: South End, 1995. Print.

This is a book about population control on a global scale. It was my best resource. This book covered a wide range of countries and talked about many different types of birth control. That being said all the information is out of date because the book was written before I was born. Luckily in the history of population control twenty years is not too long. This book basically has the same view which I am writing from. The goal is to bring awareness to the way that women are being mistreated because of population control.


  • Jian, Ma. “China’s Brutal One-Child Policy.” The New York Times 21 May 2013, The Opinion Section sec.: n. pag. Print.

This article’s main argument was that the one-child policy really unfair and is the result of a twisted government. It’s point is to make people enraged against the one-child policy and it does a good job. I took the information to be reliable but tried to be objective about it because it was so intensely biased. It was very helpful in understanding the problems with the one-child policy.

  • “National Right to Life | The Nation’s Oldest & Largest Pro-life Organization.” National Right to Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.
  • “Margaret Sanger.” 2014. The Biography Channel website. Jan 17 2014, 05:42

This biography of The Margaret Sanger proved to be very useful in my narrative, it shaped the entire piece of writing because margaret Sanger is one of, if not the most, important person in the history of modern birth control.  Her many published works provided all the information I needed to pursue her argument. Sanger saw the poverty that surrounded her due to unwanted and too many children, due to over worked parents that could not feed their families. She helped these people, and she is the reason so many less unwanted children are born. Without Sanger I truly believe this world would be drastically worse, if not just very different. Overall a very useful source, not to mention interesting.

  • “Rights Development.” International Conference on Population Development Beyond 2014. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.

This website surprised me in a hugely positive way. Before i found out about the U.N’s plan for worldwide reduction of population I assumed that many countries were in fact not seeing that they had over population problems. This proved to be a very useful source because it is expressing exactly what is needed to be done. This is most definitely a very useful source. As well as simply making humanity seem less doomed it helped reinforce the argument the UNFPA is standing by.

  • Sanger, Margaret. “WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW.” The Public Papers of Margaret Sanger: Web Edition. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.

This source while interesting, only helped to shape my writing as it is not an argument piece but rather the sharing of knowledge. In this article Margaret Sanger simply states things that are necessary to know when girls begin puberty. Sanger helped many with this article and the effects have only spread throughout time. It is well written and informative, this could be used as a much larger source in a different piece of writing. All in all very helpful

  • Sanger, Margaret. “The Case for Birth Control.” – Margaret Sanger. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.

In this Amazingly influential piece of writing Margaret Sanger eloquently explains all the reasons why birth control should be necessity. She argues that women, over run by childbearing, grow weak and depressed. How Fathers work for days on end to make menial wages for their family. And how children, not aware of their unfortunate circumstance go hungry with no clothes on their back and no decent education to be seen. Sanger argued that this is the reason for birth control, that the vicious cycle would only go on if we did not do something then. This article shaped my whole narrative as it is main argument. Not only would the world have suffered without this article, but so would my writing. An incredibly, helpful, interesting, and downright awesome source so far.

  • “Stop Quinacrine!” Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.

This is only about Quinacrine and two doctors who were behind using Quinacrine for sterilization. It gives a lot of background information about the drug and the two doctors who support it. It is a biased against Quinacrine sterilization which makes it a little untrustworthy. It was made for the purpose of bringing awareness to the questionable background of Quinacrine sterilization and gain outrage around it. They were very much an example of who I was talking about in my narrative so that was helpful.

  • Wade, Lisa. “Sterilization of Women of Color: Does “Unforced” Mean “Freely Chosen”?” Ms Magazine Blog. N.p., 21 July 2011. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.

This source just gave me some information about how the U.S. enforced sterilization in Puerto Rico effects women today. I found it very interesting because the other sources that I read about just talked about were only about sterilization in Puerto Rico in the 20th Century. I figure that it is a reliable source because it is associated with a magazine. I think that this piece was fighting for the rights of Puerto Rican women but the argument was based very logic based.

  • “What Is China’s One-child Policy?” HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.

This source helped me understand what the one-child policy before I made any judgements about it. It really only covers the one-child policy, some of the controversy around it and some current events involving the one-child policy. This source is about as close to being objective as it could be and I would say that it is reliable. The goal of this source is simply to inform.

  • “35% of Puerto Rican Women Sterilized.” 35% of Puerto Rican Women Sterilized. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.

This source gave the history of female sterilization in Puerto Rico. It was filled with facts about what was happening in the United States around population control at the time and the government side and the more personal side. I found it very interesting. I did not recognize the website but a lot of the websites that I visited later confirmed most of the major statistics that it reported, like that 35% of married women of reproductive age were sterilized. I found it very helpful, it was almost like a timeline.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s