Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary: Suggested Reading
By Anna Platt and the Feminist Press, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.
Complaints and Disorders (Second Edition)
by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the medical profession has consistently treated women as weak and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise history of the sexual politics of medical practices shows how the biomedical rationale was used to justify sex discrimination throughout the culture, and how its vestiges are evident in abortion policy and other reproductive rights struggles today.
Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us
by Carole Joffe
Reproductive researcher Carole Joffe and self-described "war correspondent" enjoins us from the front lines with Dispatches from the Abortion Wars. While post-Roe protections make abortion technically legal in the US, the decades-long anti-choice crusaders have obscured women's access to this procedure. Joffe catalogues these insidious Far Right tactics and recounts the stories of clinic workers who tirelessly struggle against them. While facing stigmatization, threats of violence, and tangled legislative webs, Joffe lauds the work of healthcare providers who fight to maintain legal rights for countless women.
Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
by Sarah Erdreich
Notable pro-choice author and activist Sarah Erdreich reframes the debate for a new generation in her forthcoming debut Generation Roe. While one in three women will have an abortion before menopause, many women remain woefully silent on the issue, while Far Right activists erode the effectiveness of Roe in state after state. With deep conviction, Erdreich makes the case that abortion isn't merely a constitutional right, but a fundamentally human one. Amid the shame and silence, Erdreich examines a culture where oddities such as "abortion recovery counseling," "crisis pregnancy centers," and billboards reading "black children are an endangered species" seek to undermine the legitimacy of abortion. A savvy account and spirited defense, Erdreich eyes the upcoming legislative and moral battles for the next generation of pro-choice activists.
The 'Abortion Trail' and the Making of a London-Irish Underground, 1980-2000
by Ann Rossiter
Ireland's "Hidden Diaspora" tells the story of an underground network of activists who helped provide abortion access to women living under the punitive laws of anti-choice Ireland. This is an oral account of the people who opened their homes and wallets and pushed for legislative changes on behalf of Irish women seeking abortions. This book also provides invaluable perspective on Ireland's struggle with an issue-turned-tragedy that has recently garnered worldwide attention.
Delirium: the Politics of Sex in America
by Nancy L. Cohen
In Delirium: the Politics of Sex in America, Cohen unmasks agents of the sexual counterrevolution, a vocal minority of ideologues who have co-opted the abortion debate and until now been given too much legislative leeway to undermine women's rights and sexual freedom. While the recent election has scored a victory for those who oppose anti-sex and anti-contraception measures, Cohen traces the impact of these counterrevolutionaries as they hold politicians and policy makers hostage with minority views and majority outcomes. Cohen provides a historical account of their emergence and dismantles the myth of their influence, providing ample evidence that cultural progressivism is the new "American Way".
The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion
by Stephen Singular
The Wichita Divide takes a chilling look at the murder of abortion provider Dr. Tiller and the ideological extremism that took root in a small Kansas town. Singular takes a hard look at the human cost of the anti-choice movement's swing right, examining how a culture steeped in increasingly vitriolic rhetoric resulted in the birth of a terrorist and ended in human tragedy. Both a true crime account and a larger examination of the landscape of the abortion debate, Singular's book is a disturbing but important journey into America's next civil war.