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 arguable and stigmatized ideally suited court docket choice of our time cuts throughout eras, periods, and race. gorgeous photographs by means of photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of people singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating bills 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 powerful in confronting.
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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.
Another Georgia law holding that all abortions be performed in accredited hospitals and that three doctors and a committee agree with the woman’s decision to abort was also held to violate a woman’s constitutional rights, as recognized in Roe. Women celebrated. “I threw a party in an office I had access to. There was a big hardwood floor and we danced most of the night that Roe came down,” remembers the writer Marge Piercy. “I had worked on getting women illegal abortions for years before that, ever since I had almost died at eighteen of a self-induced abortion.
Antiabortion Terrorism In recent decades, an active network of extremists has murdered seven people and attempted to kill seventeen others. There have been more than 5,800 reported instances of violence against clinics and their workers since 1977, according to the National Abortion Federation. Heavily targeted clinics must ramp up security on their own dime—costs that can reach $25,000 to $100,000 annually. The last few years have seen a decline in clinic violence—knock on wood—as a more female-centered pro-life movement has emerged, led by women such as Abstinence Clearinghouse’s Leslee Unruh and Feminists for Life of America’s Serrin M.
Abortion & Life by Jennifer Baumgardner