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About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America

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One of the most private decisions a woman can make, abortion is also one of the most contentious topics in American civic life. Protested at rallies and politicized in party platforms, terminating pregnancy is often characterized as a selfish decision by women who put their own interests above those of the fetus. This background of stigma and hostility has stifled women's ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2017 by Belknap Press
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Although written from a strong pro-choice perspective, this book was very interesting. It discussed the way our culture perceives images of the preborn baby (she only uses the term "fetus" of course) and how that impacts the abortion debate. Also interesting stuff on abortion's stigma, parental notification, ultrasound laws and other issues. I feel like I learned a lot and the author's style was very readable. She made the material interesting and had good insights, even though I did not agree w ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is seriously an incredible book, and a must-read. Prof. Sanger has done the impossible in creating a fresh and engaging discussion of the most over-discussed topic in America: abortion. It's also remarkable for being both scholarly and accessible--I can see this book being assigned on college and law school campuses as easily as becoming a mass market favorite.

You know how you can sometimes be reading a book and you'll have to put it down just to think about one of the points it
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about the law and meaning of abortion. Sanger points out that, even direct regulations of abortion aside, American law rewards childbirth over abortion, for example, when the Supreme Court upheld a law treating foreign-born children of citizen mothers differently than foreign-born children of citizen fathers, Sanger notes that it pointed out that “even before the child has been born, its mother had already engaged in deserving conduct” by choosing childbirth over abortion, which t ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A well written legal analysis of the issues and conversations that arise from the subject of abortion. The book is a little dense so it takes some time to read but it provides a good historical perspective on the subject of abortion and looks at alternatives to having better conversations about this subject.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About Abortion is the most interesting and relevant book on the topic of abortion in America today. The writing is excellent and the ideas are new, even for those who think they know all there is to know about the issue.
There is no question that the book supports legal abortion, but there is a clear linkage between the right to choose and the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, supporting that right as a matter of U.S. law.
The book covers the legal, social and historical aspects of abortion g
Annika Reno
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anchored in contemporary case law but enveloped in examples from popular culture, medicine, politics, government and religion, About Abortion gives voice to every woman who has considered, pursued or had an abortion. By revealing America’s muddled history and consequent warped perception of the right to terminate pregnancy, Sanger makes the case for more “abortion talk.” Compared to other closeted subjects of the late twentieth century— including homosexuality, divorce, miscarriage, even breast ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great history of court cases and extremely informative. However, it did not take much of an intersectional perspective. I felt like if there was not a court case, it was not discussed - which is very middle-class and white-centric, as lawsuits are not cheap or easily accessible. I felt like more socioeconomic and racial effects of lawsuits and abortion access could have been discussed. Overall, it was very informative and I learned a lot. But I'm highly disappointed in the whitewashin ...more
Dawn Serra
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the immense pleasure of having Carol on my podcast recently. It was a powerful conversation full of tidbits about the book as well as stories from my audience about their own abortions.

This book may seem like it's only for pro-choice/pro-autonomy folks, but it's actually delicious accessible and fascinating for anyone curious about the politics, language, and imagery associated with women's bodies.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very original work on a topic I've (sadly) read all too much about.
Sally Kenney
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a bit meandering, but the last three chapters are worth the wait. Jam packed full of information and well written.
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