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By Jennifer Baumgardner

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In Abortion & Life, writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner unearths how the main debatable and stigmatized splendid court docket choice of our time cuts throughout eras, periods, and race. attractive graphics by way of photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of people singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating debts in their personal abortion experiences.

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

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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. However, explains Portland-based activist Grayson Dempsey in a speech in which she discussed the report, “When put in focus groups with other women where they could talk openly about their experiences,” women suddenly connected to the issue.

Few women who have unplanned pregnancies today have personal experiences of a time when aborting was illegal or when being a single mother meant social doom. The days when a woman or girl had to be willing to pay any sum and endure any danger or humiliation in order to get an abortion are for the most part over, and we are grateful for that. Meanwhile, the generation that has lived with the rights that our mothers’ generation fought so hard for has the opportunity to move the abortion issue forward; it has been hopelessly gridlocked for most of my life as a battle between the life of a woman and the life of a fetus.

A gun with a strike through it to represent the clinic violence that marked the 1980s to mid-’90s, killing three doctors and four other clinic workers? The fleshy pink faces of Senator Jesse Helms and Representative Henry Hyde, both of whom signed into law restrictions that mean poor women have very limited access to early abortion and birth control information? Angels’ wings, to indicate the thousands of women who have abortions and yet believe that a fetus has a soul and is watching over them?

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