Abortion & Life

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“In her role as author and activist, Jennifer Baumgardner has permanently changed the way people think about feminism . . . and will shape the next hundred years of politics and culture.”—The Commonwealth Club of California, hailing Baumgardner as one of Six Visionaries for the Twenty-First Century

“If Jennifer Baumgardner ever needs another mom, I’ll be the first in line to adopt her. She’s smart, fearless, and a formidable force for change.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of ...

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“In her role as author and activist, Jennifer Baumgardner has permanently changed the way people think about feminism . . . and will shape the next hundred years of politics and culture.”—The Commonwealth Club of California, hailing Baumgardner as one of Six Visionaries for the Twenty-First Century

“If Jennifer Baumgardner ever needs another mom, I’ll be the first in line to adopt her. She’s smart, fearless, and a formidable force for change.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

In Abortion & Life, author and activist Jennifer Baumgardner reveals how the most controversial and stigmatized Supreme Court decision of our time cuts across eras, classes, and race. Stunning portraits by photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folk singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating accounts of their own abortion experiences.

In this bold new work, Baumgardner explores some of the thorniest issues around terminating a pregnancy, including the ones that the pro-choice establishment has been the least sensitive or effective in confronting.

Jennifer Baumgardner is the producer/creator of the award-winning film I Had an Abortion. She is the co-author (with Amy Richards) of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (both Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her most recent book is Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007). She writes regularly for women’s magazines like Glamour, Elle, and Allure, as well as more political outlets such as The Nation, Harper’s, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She lives in New York City.

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Publishers Weekly, Sept. 2008

Activist, filmmaker (of I Had an Abortion) and co-author (Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future) Baumgardner dedicates her work to spreading awareness about abortion. Graced with black and white photo portraits by Tara Todras-Whitehill of women wearing Baumgardner’s shirt, reading simply “I had an abortion,” the emphasis is on the testimony of these patients, revealing not only how common the procedure is (one in three women, according to the Guttmacher Institute) but how diverse those women and their situations are. Baumgardner begins with a brief history of abortion legislation in America, from pre-Roe v. Wade restrictions to clinic workers and doctors protested, threatened and murdered (as in the case of Buffalo doctor Barnett Slepian). Still, as Baumgardner says, it’s the record of “our lives [that] might provide the best road map to strengthening women’s reproductive freedoms.” Included is a comprehensive listing of abortion resources, and 10 percent of the book’s profits go to the New York Abortion Access Fund.

"An effort at finding the middle ground on a contentious issue…Baumgardner's dedication to widening and civilizing the discussion is clear. She instructs, hopefully; this book belongs in the hands of a new generation of abortion-rights advocates, who can benefit from its history and might strive to answer its difficult questions."—Los Angeles Times

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Activist, filmmaker (of I Had an Abortion) and co-author (Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future) Baumgardner dedicates her work to spreading awareness about abortion. Graced with black and white photo portraits by Tara Todras-Whitehill of women wearing Baumgardner's shirt, reading simply "I had an abortion," the emphasis is on the testimony of these patients, revealing not only how common the procedure is (one in three women, according to the Guttmacher Institute) but how diverse those women and their situations are. Baumgardner begins with a brief history of abortion legislation in America, from pre-Roe v. Wade restrictions to clinic workers and doctors protested, threatened and murdered (as in the case of Buffalo doctor Barnett Slepian). Still, as Baumgardner says, it's the record of "our lives that might provide the best road map to strengthening women's reproductive freedoms." Included is a comprehensive listing of abortion resources, and 10 percent of the book's profits go to the New York Abortion Access Fund.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933354590
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 850,521
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Baumgardner is the co-author (with Amy Richards) of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000), as well as Grassroots: A Field Guide to Feminist Activism (2005; both Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her most recent book is Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007). She writes regularly for women's magazines like Glamour, Elle, Allure, Redbook, Babble.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Ch. 1 A Brief History of Abortion 19

Ch. 2 The "I Had an Abortion" Project 41

Ch. 3 The Rise of Pro-Voice 49

Ch. 4 Can You Be a Feminist and Pro-Life? 63

Ch. 5 Portraits and Stories of Women Who've Had Abortions: Florence Rice, Gloria Steinem, Sally Aldrich, Barbara Ehrenreich, Marion Banzhaf, Loretta Ross, Jackie Wos, Gillian Aldrich, Amy Richards, George Monos and Denise Oswald, Ani DiFranco, Sebastiana Correa, A'yen Tran, Robin Ringleka, and Jenny Egan 73

Ch. 6 Let's Talk 131

Afterword: Truth to Power 141

Resource Guide 145

Appendix 167

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Defines a New Generation of Pro-Choice Women

    Love books that declare WOMEN ARE NOT SLAVES! "My body my choice" doesn't even mean you're okay with abortions or not, it means you know women are self-governing, not slaves!
    Jennifer Baumgardner is upper class but writes in a way that's accessible and relevant to all people. Another triumph by this wonderful feminist.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    This is not a book that any one should buy!!!!!! Please read.

    Abortion is the wrong way around pregnancy. Abortion is MURDER here people!!! Un less you like killing babies shame on you for not having any guilt. You have a chance to save a life that YOU, yes thats right YOU, have created. It's the creation of God. There are a tremendous amount of bible verses that declare that abortion is wrong. Jerimiah 31:15 is a great verse to read. So if you happen to call your self a christian then look up that verse. If your not a christian and you're still reading then there is hope for you yet. All the same those of you non-christians out there that are still reading then I want you to think bout all of the children that you have met d seen. These children are what comes after we do. They are the next generation. If you murder your child then you are murdering our nation. BUT you say that a woman has the right to her body well let me tell you that if she was raped or accidenally got pregnant, which only around 5% of all abortions are caused, then let her bear the child and give birh to it then adopt it. I personally will adopt your baby. So PLEASE don't murder you baby that could be the next Einstein. Just think you want a choice well so does your baby. If you want to give your baby up for adoption then I neg you to call this number : 419-902-0963. Just ask for Luke Simpson. Thank you for reading this I certainly hope that it had some efect on you.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Gentler Approach

    The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show is about Frankka, a lapsed Catholic with a rather peculiar psychic ability: while fasting, she can concentrate on her wrists and make them bleed. For seven years she lives on the road with a performance troupe that includes a drag queen who levitates while dressed like a Catholic nun, a fortune teller and former battered wife with a small child, a fire-breather, and a bearded woman. They rarely stay in the same town or city for a week, and satirizing the Christian religion means they sometimes encounter hostility from fundamentalists (including the "God Hates Fags" picketers whom I frequently saw in Kansas). Meanwhile, Frankka has very realistic and moving flashbacks to psychological traumas from her childhood and youth.

    Although I normally avoid books that are from a Xian perspective, I decided to read The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show because Ariel Gore impressed me at a couple of author readings. To my relief, this book did not handle Xianity in a way that made me want to hurl chunks: instead, the narrator is very critical of the patriarchy in organized Catholicism and aware that goddesses such as Brigit were taken and turned into saints. The book goes on to show that even Christianity--and dare I saw Catholicism--can involve genuine spirituality, when it is in the mystical tradition rather than the way it is practiced as an organized religion. Frankka has a hobby of writing her own versions of the lives of saints, each a mystical individual. If only they were typical.

    This is an excellently written literary novel with strongly developed, believable, and engaging characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    To below

    You just made me feel more disgusted. What a sick person you are! And no, l'm not christian and PROUD OF IT!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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