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The Abortion Myth: Feminism, Morality, and the Hard Choices Women Make

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The feminist position on abortion is little changed from thirty years ago, argues Leslie Cannold. Mired in the rhetoric of "rights," feminists have failed to appreciate women's actual experience of abortion and have ceded the debate on the morality of abortion to the anti-choice contingent. In order to counter the current erosion of abortion rights and appeal to women of G ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 29th 2001 by Wesleyan (first published January 15th 1999)
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kind of soft-pedalling. its whole point is like "women think about abortion really hard and it's a tough decision". well, that's often true, and it's important to acknowledge those experiences, but I don't actually give a shit if people are intentionally getting pregnant just so they can have abortions to put in their omelettes. bodily autonomy, yo. if you don't have that, you have nothing. and I really wish there was more stuff out there that was more hard-line on this, that called out anti-abo ...more
Brenna  McCaffrey
Relied too heavily on the idea of motherly instincts and that all women imagine their unwanted pregnancies as their children. Otherwise, good points.
Oct 31, 2014 Lily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women, especially, but not only
Read this because had read Rene Denfeld's The Enchanted and in researching her a bit, I found that she apparently has made some strong remarks about '60's - '70's feminism failing to speak to women of her age. In the process, I learned she wrote the introduction to the American edition of this book by Leslie Cannold, originally published in Australia.

While not overwhelmed by the logic and information of this book, now some fourteen years from publication, I did find it thoughtful and worthy of
I have to be honest. I read this book trying to get a perspective from the other side of the issue. While I do not agree with the authors viewpoints, she did help me to see that women, no matter what they believe about abortion, honestly believe they are helping people. No matter how I look at it, I cannot see how abortion is helpful. But it was educational to read from someone else's point of view.
This book challenged and deepened my perceptions and understanding of the personal decisions that women make around unplanned pregnancy and abortion. A must read for anyone interested in this area. It will help others to 'walk in the shoes' of women who have experienced unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.
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