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Comics for Choice: Illustrated Abortion Stories, History and Politics

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Comics for Choice is anthology of comics about abortion. As this fundamental reproductive right continues to be stigmatized and jeopardized, over sixty artists and writers have created comics that boldly share their own experiences, and educate readers on the history of abortion, current political struggles, activism, and more. Lawyers, activists, medical professionals, hi ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 2017 by Open Source Publishing

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David Schaafsma
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“All we want to do is control our own bodies.”

“My body, my choice.”

Comics for Choice is an important educational project, featuring comics from dozens of women (and some men) on personal experience with and institutional history of abortion in the United States. States are closing legal clinics, and the future of reproductive rights seems more in jeopardy than ever, so this seems necessary to educate a new generation about these issues. And, importantly, the book features the stories of people f
[Shai] Bibliophage
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I respect those who support the choice to have abortion. But as for me, who was born and raised in a Catholic and conservative country, I'm against it because not only of moral standards, but also it may lead to health complications in the future.

I don't impose my views to those who are Pro-Choice, but I really appreciate that I was given the chance by the publisher for the reading copy of this infographic. It is very informative and I was able to read several stories why women chose to abort t
Stewart Tame
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took a bit longer to finish this than I expected. That's because I had to keep putting it down and walking away for a bit, either to let my emotions settle, or because the story demanded a bit of space to properly savor …

As the cover promises, this is a pro-choice anthology of comics stories. Many are autobiographical. Some are historical. Some are harrowing, some empowering. All are informative and heartfelt. Having such a large and controversial subject brought out the best in these artists
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A comic anthology edited by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and O. K. Fox which was successfully crowd-funded. It contains over 40 stories which range from deeply personal to informational. Some standouts include "Jane", by Rachel Wilson and Ally Shwed, about an illegal women's abortion service group in Chicago in the late 1960s and early 1970s; "October" by Kris Louis about dealing with an unplanned pregnancy while also coming out as trans; "Small Mistakes Make Big Problems" by Sophia Foster-Dimin ...more
Rod Brown
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I generally try to avoid subject matter this depressing, but slap it into a comic book format and I cannot help inflicting it upon myself. The writing consistently displays powerful personal narratives and informative points of view though the art gets a little rough in places.
this is just amazing
Cecilie Larsen
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I supported this anthology, I thought it was just gonna be short zine. I got so much more.
This is a proper book, jam-packed with personal stories and informational spreads. It succeeds in highlighting all sorts of different feelings around having an abortion - from being deeply impacted to seeing it as extended birth control - and tells both contemporary and earlier stories, through highly diverse identities, ranging from sexuality, gender, and ethnic identities to patients, doctors, clinic
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a super important collection of comics about abortion. Comics for Choice shares personal abortion stories, histories and commentaries on the politics of abortion. Each story is an important part of an open narrative about abortion, and is central to removing the stigma around the choice each of us has to determine what is right for our lives and our bodies. Required reading.
Allie Jones
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to buy everyone a copy. This was amazing. It's a collection of comics telling the abortion stories of several individuals. These stories are so important to share. I felt so emotional but so motivated reading this story. We have to fight against the stigma. Abortions are a necessary part of life. People need to understand this. Share these stories, stand up for these women. READ THIS BOOK.
Jules Wolfers
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED- this is a must on your shelves understanding how abortion is a human right, a better understanding of reproductive justice, with the access to abortion from many eyes across range of identities, from being a patient to a doctor, from a POC escort to a grandmother who had an abortion before Roe vs. Wade- each story will leave you heart-touched.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
A mixed bag of graphic accounts of abortion stories. I feel strongly about reproductive rights and the rights of women to have control over their bodies and health, so this actually made me angry to read. More and more I'm feeling like I need to take a more active role in my beliefs, and I'm a woman who has never wanted children, whose long-term marriage ended because her husband changed his mind about wanting to become a parent, and who has never, ever, been pregnant or had an abortion. Go figu ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was difficult reading this book. I had to keep putting it down to stop from crying.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Personal, real, and raw.

Highly recommend.

Do it, you won't be sorry.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 reminded me of how many stories are embedded in each person's body, the intimacy of health care and of telling your stories of receiving health care!!
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily :: {A Bushel of Books}
4.5/5 stars (rounded up)

A fascinating and intimate look at the lives of individuals who, for varying reasons, have had an abortion. Each story was unique, and I appreciate that such a variety of individuals stepped up to tell their story. Many stories stood out in their quality, in both storytelling and art, and I found it difficult to point to one that impacted me the most/ "a favorite."

However, there were several areas in which I thought the book was lacking. By the end, I felt that the book w
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This anthology is jam-packed with personal stories, informative comics (written by those working within the industry), and even a fictional sci-fi piece. As with many anthologies, there's a disparity in the art quality, but it's balanced out by the honesty and rawness of the stories. Stand-out stories (in my opinion) by Sophia Foster-Domino, Tatiana Gill, CB Hart and Vreni. I hope this book serves as a strong counter-point to the often erroneous pro-life arguments and lets those who need to hear ...more
Hannah Garden
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, october-2017
Aaahhh what a great brave sweet touching raw anthology. <3 <3 <3
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a stellar collection of comics about abortion. There is a wide diversity of stories, identities, and experiences represented. There were personal stories about getting abortions, some uplifting and easy, some hard and traumatic. It was so great to see so many different voices represented, and to read the stories of many people (mostly women, but some trans and nonbinary folks as well) getting abortions for so many different reasons, and having so many different emotions around those abor ...more
Amber Nicole
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you're a feminist, as I am, most of this isn't new. Many of the stories were too short and general to give me any sort of connection to the... speaker... protagonist (?). And the art is touch-and-go. Some of it is downright cringe-worthy. To have such a colorful cover, you'd think this book would be beautiful on the inside butguesswhat? It's printed in black and white. 🤔

Oh, and the stories themselves can be downright preachy. Honey, if I picked this book up, chances are I'm on your side. You'
Eduardo Santiago
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
“The only way to remove the stigma and fear is to not be quiet about it.”
— from Claudia E. Berger’s story herein.

And that’s why I find myself rating and reviewing this. Most of us are pretty well set by now in our opinions, be they informed or mis, but do any of us really know much about abortion? About the absurd and agonizing restrictions enacted by the Party Of Hatred? What our mothers went through in the pre-Roe days? What a nervous young woman—even an educated one—has to face today? The st
Emilia P
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I feel compelled to read things featuring folks I went to college with and Sarah Mirk, dynamo, worked on this one, and you know what, it was good, and important. There's a culture coming up of openness and clarity around abortion, how it works, how it feels, what it is, which is a little scary, but also important, because honesty about the matter is best for people on all sides of the matter. Obfuscating the process seems disingenuous for people who really feel convicted that it's important and ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to sit down and read this all in one night when I received the review copy. But I did, and it was worth it.

As a collection of comics, this is a very well done set. A few are entirely forgettable, and there are a few that are drawn in a way that makes them hard to read, or just too long, but the majority? The majority are well done, thoughtful pieces. One in particular, I really thought seemed like the beginning to a much longer series that I would love to read every issue of.

Bonnie Morse
Probably going to be the most important book I read this year, and the one I'll be giving away the most copies of. If you're a woman who's capable of reproducing, or you plan on interacting with one, or are just curious about the most significant and traumatizing thing that can happen to 50% of the world's population, you need to read these comics. Some are stories from abortion providers, many are from women and transmen who have experienced abortions, and a couple are purely informational scie ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Docked one star because some of the stories/illustrations were really difficult to read for me. These stories were ... great seems to be the wrong word, but I'll stick to it. Some made me very angry about the state of reproductive health, others informed me on the history of the fight for reproductive health and the nuances of the laws, and others made me feel grateful that I have such a good community of supportive women around me that if I was ever in the position to get an abortion I would no ...more
Iris Klotz
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I funded the kickstarter expecting a slim volume of zine-type comics. I got a beautiful, 300-page work of art, clearly a labor of love on the part of the writers, artists and editors. I am so impressed with this and the breadth and depth of experiences and perspectives it shares, supportive of a very broad range of experiences and inviting the reader to sympathize and identify with the voices in its pages. I devoured this book and strongly encourage anyone to buy this book- proceeds go to suppor ...more
David Thomas
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anthology of comics about abortion, birth control, and abortion-adjacent topics. Honestly, 75% of the comics were either "I had an abortion and it was tough, but I'm glad I had the choice" or "radical Conservatives are being shitty people." I definitely recommend this collection to someone who has either had an abortion and feels bad about it or is thinking about getting one, as the repetition reinforces that it's a commonplace and perfectly safe procedure, both in surgical and medical methods.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Massive anthology of stories all relating to the topic of abortion/pro-choice.

Reading this was extremely informative, enjoyable, but very heartbreaking. I applaud and admire the courage of all the contributors who chose to share their stories/experiences. Also, like all anthologies, I now have new creators to check out.

I had heard about this anthology on the Comics Alternative podcast interview with Hazel Newlevant so I was delighted to find this at a Half Price Books recently.

Thank you Hazel fo
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was not a book to read straight through! I read only 1 or 2 at a time - while a somewhat uneven collection, all of the pieces offered high value and an emotional "thwak".

Particular favorites: "Jane" by Rachel Wilson and Ally Shwed which offered great historical information re women taking charge of their health; "My Voice, My Choice" by Brittany Mostiller, ill. by Lilly Taing; "Born and Forgotten" by Katie Brown and Andrew Carol, art by Ahmara Smith and "This Clinic Stays Open" by Michelle
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I ordered this book online, I had fully expected more of a zine format; nope. That is not this beautiful, informative, striking, must have of an anthology of stories that will make you giggle, sob and fill with a bubbling hot rage. I have some students who perused it too, and it inspired them to look into funding and accessibility in the US (12 year olds in Canada!!! Hello future leaders!)
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Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, No Ivy League, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher of the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. Their work has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.