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Lovejoy by Peter Korn
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Apr 24, 12

bookshelves: womens-studies, sociology
Read in March, 2005

It's nuts that this book isn't better known. Shame on Atlantic Press for not marketing it better. Peter Korn has written a page-turner about the people who worked at Lovejoy Surgicenter in Portland, and the protesters outside the doors, in the mid-1990s. That was a time when clinics were being blown up and doctors shot. So there's tension - you come to care about the people inside the clinic, and don't want to see them hurt. Even more compelling are the stories of the girls and women who come in. Interestingly, at Lovejoy, the staff often helped clients decide against abortion. A third of the patients chose to give their babies up for adoption or to keep their babies.

Between the schizophrenics, the drug addicts, the high school girl with an abusive boyfriend and a mother and grandmother who had their own first babies at her age, 17 - Lovejoy gives a glimpse into the realities behind the rhetoric. Great book.
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