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 shrewdpermanent, 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 arguable and stigmatized perfect court docket choice of our time cuts throughout eras, sessions, and race. attractive snap shots 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 number 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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We hadn’t really won “abortion on demand” but only “choice” for those women who fit the criteria of the court, even though it was spun that Roe was a victory for all women—and not only by the mass media, but by the middle-class liberal wing of the WLM [women’s liberation movement]. The big liberal abortion groups are still pitching to “save Roe” and “choice” instead of fighting to extend reproductive rights for all women. Though flawed according to some activists and legal scholars, Roe was and remains a cornerstone feminist decision—one that affirms a woman’s right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

Wade finding that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses a woman’s right to decide to terminate her own pregnancy. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote the historic decision for seven of the justices; two dissented. One evening while reading the paper and enjoying an after-work beer with her girlfriend Connie, Norma McCorvey’s “eyes wandered to the lower righthand corner of the page,” as she wrote in her 1994 autobiography, I Am Roe. “There was a small, matter-of-fact article that said that the United States Supreme Court had legalized abortion all over the United States.

Zora Neale Hurston The defensiveness that the pro-choice movement has is well-earned. We’ve been shot at, picketed, fought every step. But I’m very glad that the conversation is changing. —Loretta Ross For Barbara Seaman (9/11/35–2/27/08), who really listened Acknowledgments from Jennifer This book couldn’t have come together without the help of the following people: Amy Ray, Merle Hoffman and the Diana Foundation, Gloria Browning, Karen Burgum and the F-M Area Foundation Women’s Fund, and Roberta Schneiderman—all are incredibly generous women who underwrote the research of this book.

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