Creating Choice / Edition 1

Creating Choice / Edition 1

by David P. Cline
     
 

In this oral history, David P. Cline gathers the personal stories of people who sought abortions and birth control and the health care professionals, clergy members, and feminist activists who helped them. Focusing on one Massachusetts community, Cline uses these stories as a lens through which to reexamine the contentious history of reproductive rights in America… See more details below

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In this oral history, David P. Cline gathers the personal stories of people who sought abortions and birth control and the health care professionals, clergy members, and feminist activists who helped them. Focusing on one Massachusetts community, Cline uses these stories as a lens through which to reexamine the contentious history of reproductive rights in America over the last thirty years. Cline demonstrates that fighting for abortion rights was not just the province of feminist radicals, but was embraced by the mainstream of small town communities, including doctors and clergy members. This fascinating history is a much-needed contribution to recent scholarship on the reproductive rights movement as well as an important new work of community oral history. The text will be essential reading to students of reproductive rights, women's studies, religious history, and to people on both sides of the abortion issue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968135
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Oral History Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

David P. Cline is an oral historian and journalist. He has worked for American Radio Works, the documentary division of National Public Radio, and currently serves as a Research Assistant at the Southern Oral History Program at the Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1The women : survivors of illegal abortions19
1Elizabeth Myer29
2Dr. Robin Dizard33
3Jean Baxter37
4Carol C. Wall45
5Dr. Meredith W. Michaels51
6Dr. Susan Tracy55
Pt. 2Providers of reproductive health care doctors, health educators, and illegal abortionists59
7Dr. Merritt F. Garland, Jr.67
8Dr. Sam Topal75
9Dr. Robert Gage83
10Dr. Jane Zapka91
11Dr. Lawrence Siddall99
12Lorraine Florio103
Pt. 3The clergy and their allies : clergy and affiliate lay abortion counselors113
13Reverend Richard Unsworth125
14Reverend Samuel M. Johnson135
15Reverend Franklin A. Dorman145
16Rabbi Yechiael Lander151
17Elaine Fraser161
18Ruth Fessenden171
Pt. 4The feminists : feminist lay abortion counselors181
19Amherst Women's Liberation's abortion and birth control group191
20Springfield Women's Health Collective209
Pt. 5The connectors : uniting medical care, activism, and feminism221
21Merry Boone227
22Ellen Story235
23Leslie Tarr Laurie241

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