Abortion & Life by Jennifer Baumgardner

By Jennifer Baumgardner

"If Jennifer Baumgardner ever wishes one other mother, i will be the 1st in line to undertake her. She's clever, fearless, and an impressive strength for change."

—Barbara Ehrenreich, writer of Nickel and Dimed

In Abortion & Life, writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner unearths how the main debatable and stigmatized preferrred courtroom selection of our time cuts throughout eras, periods, and race. attractive photographs through photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folks singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating money owed in their personal abortion experiences.

In this daring new paintings, Baumgardner explores a few of the thorniest matters round terminating a being pregnant, together with those that the pro-choice institution has been the least delicate or potent in confronting.

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But as I explore later in this book, it may nonetheless be possible to be authentically, actively, radically pro-life; learning how to do so ethically is the real challenge for people who believe the fetus has a soul. While I’m absolutely opposed to compulsory pregnancy, I have also evolved my position over the years. ) more than I trusted my own ability to understand the issue. I had an instinct that abortion rights were intrinsically tied to women’s human rights, but I mainly absorbed what others—women I respected—had to say about the issue and its complexities.

During the fall of 2007, Dr. Susan Wicklund called for more openness about the stories behind abortion in her book This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Provider. Former Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt looked to personal experiences for her 2003 book Behind Every Choice Is a Story. Likewise, the independent providers who make up the Abortion Conversation Project have been creating connective tissue between the issue and the women they serve for more than a decade. S. would have at least one abortion in their lives, and nearly half did not vote nor identify as pro-choice.

S. haven’t had any abortion providers, which means that about one-third of women aged fifteen to forty-four live in areas without this service. Many medical schools do not require training in abortion techniques, even if students are going into OB/GYN or family practice. Despite the rise of groups like Medical Students for Choice (currently 10,000 members strong), physicians do not necessarily support their colleagues who provide procedures. “Only with abortion do doctors make referrals without even the courtesy of a call to the doctor who will be performing the abortion,” says Dr.

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