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Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us

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Surprising firsthand accounts from the front lines of abortion provision reveal the persistent cultural, political, and economic hurdles to access
 
More than thirty-five years after women won the right to legal abortion, most people do not realize how inaccessible it has become. In these pages, reproductive-health researcher Carole Joffe shows how a pervasive stigma—cultiva
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Maybe I’m wrong, but in my understanding of war, combatants will do whatever it takes to destroy the opposing side. And that’s not what has happened in the conflict over abortion. Instead, one side, the anti-abortionists—from the Army of God to the Lambs of Christ, from Operation Save America to The National Right to Life Committee—have organized a multitude of campaigns to stop what they call “the murder of innocents.” Diverse tactics, from the ballot box to the bullet, have been used.

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Sara Gwin
Jun 11, 2010 Sara Gwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you aren't already angry, this book will certainly piss you off. Even though we are living in the time of legal abortion, the antiabortion zealots have worked to shape public policy by getting bills passed to restrict abortion through mandatory wait periods, parental consent laws, and the denial of federal funds stemming from the Hyde Amendment. Many states require the reading of ideologically-derived "facts" with no basis in science under the guise of "informed consent." If a woman needs an ...more
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Jul 11, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While admittedly she was writing from the side of pro-abortion, there was much opinion without factual support. Her opinion was so strong that she really couldn't understand that some women face extreme emotion trauma when she has an abortion. It's no different than the difficult decision and related trauma that some face when they decide to give up a child for adoption.
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May 31, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Extremely well-written account on how difficult it is to provide abortion care in America. Parts were very difficult to read because I am super squeamish, and other bits made me tear up.

Brings up the fact that we need more access to contraception if we want fewer abortions in this country. It also discusses how poor women are more likely to get abortions compared to women who aren't poor.
Ms. Online
A self-described “abortion war correspondent” takes readers into the trenches, where clinic workers labor under legislative red tape, lack of funding and the threat of anthrax attacks, sabotage and murder. Evident throughout is the disconnect between their compassion and the inflammatory
rhetoric of their enemies.
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