Abortion is one of the most common of all medical procedures. But it is still stigmatized, and all too often people do not feel they can talk about their experiences.
Making abortion illegal or hard to access doesn't make it any less common; it just makes it dangerous. Around the world, tens of thousands of women die from unsafe abortions every year.
People who support abortion rights have been fighting hard to create a world in which the right to access safe and legal abortion services is guaranteed. The opposition to this has been intense and sometimes violent, and victories have been hard won.
The long fight for abortion rights is being picked up by a new generation of courageous, creative and passionate activists. This book is about the history, and the future, of that fight.
About the Author
Robin Stevenson is the author of Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community, which won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. She has also written twenty novels for kids and teens. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit robinstevenson.com.
Table of Contents
What Is an Abortion?
Who Has Abortions?
Chapter One: Looking Back: The History of Abortion
- Racism and Population Control
- The Criminalization of Abortion
- The Illegal-Abortion Era
- Fighting for Change
- The Fight for Legal Abortion in the United States
- Fighting for Choice in Canada
- Violence and Harassment
- Restrictions to Access in the United States
- Anti-Abortion Propaganda
- Choice and the Church
- Reproductive Rights and the Trump–Pence Administration
- Abortion Pills
- Global Impact of us Policy
- Fighting for Abortion Rights in Ireland
- Women’s Strike in Poland
- Women on Waves
- Women on Web
- Behind the Scenes: Working For Social Change
- Moving from Choice to Reproductive Justice
- Improving Access for All: Diversity and Abortion Services
- Grassroots Activism
- Using Social Media to Fight Abortion Stigma
- The Real Experts: Listening to People Who Have Had Abortions
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In light of recent events this year, I'd say that My Body, My Choice by Robin Stevenson could not have come fast enough. There's so much involved in abortion politics and far more often than not a vast number of individuals show an incredible amount of ignorance on this subject. Even worse, those making the decision to put policies into place are not people who ever would even have to consider having an abortion because men are incapable of carrying a fetus. And the fact of the matter is that the policymakers have more interest in policing women's bodies than they do in ensuring that supposed children are not killed. For you see, a fetus is merely a collection of cells that has the potential to be a child and these lawmakers could care less about whether or not that child survives once it's been born, as shown quite clearly in the fact that many do not care to support common-sense gun laws and are regularly against welfare programs that take care of and provide food for the children they are forcing to be born. Now, with that said, My Body, My Choice is an in-depth, expertly detailed account of the history of abortion and women fighting for it as well as a resource for those who wish to truly understand the subject. This book is well researched, filled with numerous accounts not only from the people who have fought for it as a right but also from the people who continue to fight for it. Not only does Stevenson do an excellent job of research for her book she also manages to present the information in a very matter-of-fact manner, leaving readers with a genuine account of the situation at hand and provides a large amount of information for everyone to learn from. My Body, My Choice is superbly written and addresses various underlying issues that surround abortion, fro birth control and women's health services to forced sterilization that has disproportionately affected women of color over the years. The politics surrounding one's personal bodily autonomy significantly affect all women, but in so many ways these issues provide an immense negative impact on women who belong to a minority group. But the fact of the matter is that these issues need to be discussed, the attack on women's health and women's rights needs to be discussed. And they need to be discussed regularly. Some men in power--and largely these are white men in power--would be thrilled if they could silence women. They would love to be able to turn back the clock to a time in which the only ones they had to compete with were themselves. They exert control over women as much as they are able and in a large way, that includes denying them education and providing them with as much misinformation as they can. This is done through schools that are not permitted to provide accurate health-ed classes, instead pushing an abstinence agenda that causes more unwanted pregnancies and, as a result, abortions than it prevents. This is done through people who stand outside abortion clinics or create fake abortion clinics in order to manipulate and lie to young women seeking abortions in a misguided attempt to prevent them from going through with it. But the amazing thing is that books like this provide us all with... https://spasciuti.com/review/my-body-my-choice-the-fight-for-abortion-rights-robin-stevenson/
A comprehensive, educational book that really teaches readers. I think that people only both sides of the debate on abortion could benefit from picking this book up, as it aims to inform instead of to persuade. I gained an immense amount of knowledge. The topic was always handled very respectfully, and the author clearly did an abundance of research on the topic. The writing was nice and easily transitional. I purchased a published copy for my own shelves.
This is a great resource for readers from teens through seniors. The information was very comprehensive and provided in a manner that was easy to follow. It is short enough that this can be read in a single sitting or read in chapters. Regardless of how familiar you are with abortion laws, history, and movements, this would be a great refresher. Sections highlighting youth activists around the world are particularly motivating and a great example for younger readers that they are capable of enacting change.