Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

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A POWERFUL ARGUMENT FOR ABORTION AS A MORAL RIGHT AND SOCIAL GOOD BY A NOTED FEMINIST AND LONGTIME COLUMNIST FOR THE NATION

Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, "abortion" is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman's right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a "bad thing," an "agonizing decision," making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive. Meanwhile, with each passing day, the rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright.

In this urgent, controversial 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 Pro, 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 good for women, families, and society. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.

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  • Thomas

    "Instead of shaming women for ending a pregnancy, we should acknowledge their realism and self-knowledge. We should accept that it's good for everyone if women have only the children they want and can...

  • Shannon

    Katha Pollitt knows her audience. She knows she is unlikely to sway the opinions of abortion opponents, just as she knows the majority of Pro‘s readers will be pro-choice. But her aim is not to forc...

  • mis fit

    I have to confess, I have been slow on the uptake when it comes to realizing how absolutely crucial reproductive justice is for a more free society where all people can develop to their fullest capa...

  • Michelle

    This book is EVERYTHING. It is everything I think, everything I want to say, everything I feel about abortion, only smarter and funnier. I want every person in America to read this book, whether you a...

  • Abby

    “In the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights. To force women to undergo pregnancy and childbirth against their will is to deprive them of the right to make basic decisions about the...

  • Holly

    Finished this on November 7th. Suddenly became even more relevant on November 8th....

  • Katie Klabusich

    Read this book. The unapologetic reframing of issues around abortion and reproductive healthcare had me cheering from almost the first page through the last like I was watching a sporting event. I hop...

  • Steve

    This is an important book, in that: 1) It makes clear that abortion is common, and destroys stereotypes about those who seek abortion: by menopause 3 in 10 women will have terminated at least one preg...

  • Megan

    Finally, a book that might give me the courage to say what I've believed for a long time but been reluctant to speak: that abortion should be legal in every circumstance, on demand, at any time, no qu...

  • Danielle

    Katha Pollitt is a very clear and understandable writer, and she breaks down the complications of the abortion debate and shines a light on what "pro-life" means in practical terms here, and why pro-c...

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