Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Book - 2014
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Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, "abortion" is still a word that is said with either outright hostility or vague discomfort by many, this despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by the time they reach menopause. Even those who support a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy often qualify their support by saying abortion is a "bad thing," an "agonizing decision," thereby placing the medical procedure on a pedestal so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is often necessary, and often welcomed, into something shameful and secretive. In this groundbreaking book, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman's reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In clear, concise arguments, Pollitt takes on the "personhood" argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman's life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for social good. This is a book for those who support abortion rights but may not be exactly sure why and those in the "muddled middle," who can't quite bring themself to advocate whole-heartedly for its legality.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312620547
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Reclaiming abortion rights


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Apr 30, 2017

Authoress mocks concern for dead babies as so much nonsense. Women have the right to kill anything in their bodies, even if it is a person, eg p 91.
--- A woman has no obligation "just because she happened to get pregnant," p 10. She cannot be controlled by "a stray sperm." We must not "allow women's lives to be derailed by a single sperm," p 105.
--- Unwanted babies are better off dead. "[P]art of caring for children is knowing when it's not a good idea to bring them into the world," p 16.
--- Abortion is "a blessing and a lifesaver" -- "a positive social good" that "benefits society as a whole," pp 34-35.
--- ProLife means enslavement by Christian males. Fetuses are merely an excuse to enslave women. Christians are anti-woman, not pro-child, p 170. (What of prolife Christian women?)
--- Motherhood is oppressive and degrading: men exalt it to keep women down. Later she says motherhood is noble and indispensable -- the same view that evil males hold.
--- Adoption is useless as it can cover only 200,000 a year, leaving 800,000 still to be aborted. Christians assist adoption just to look benign.
--- Abortion must NOT be limited to cases of rape, threat to mother's health, or fetal defect, since less than 10% of abortions are for these reasons, p 172. We must uphold the other 90%.
--- If abortion is banned, women will be prosecuted for having miscarriages.
--- It's wrong to show photos of bloody aborted fetuses: the truth must be hidden.
--- She ignores burdens on men: domineering wives, alimony, child support, predatory sex harassment claims. Fathers cannot save their unborn children, but must pay child support if women decide to keep them.

Feb 27, 2016

I have read this book. It is good coverage of the topics for those who are fence sitters on the topic.
For a medical view of the topic, I would highly recommend: Every Third Woman in America by Dr, David A Grimes.

Oct 11, 2014

Haven't read this soon-to-be released book, but have seen several advanced chapters in it. Outstanding. [And please remember, the reason that the battle goes on regarding pro-choice, gay/lesbian rights, gun rights, voting rights, et cetera ad nauseum, is political theater - - harming others - - but meant to cloud the real issues in the background which both the republicans and so-called dems agree with: the enrichment of the elites!]


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