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Handbook for a Post-Roe America

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The end of Roe v. Wade is coming. How will you prepare?

Handbook for a Post-Roe America is a comprehensive and user-friendly manual for understanding and preparing for the looming changes to reproductive rights law, and getting the healthcare you need––by any means necessary. Activist and writer Robin Marty guides readers through various worst-case scenarios of a post-Roe A
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Seven Stories Press
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows someone who has had an abortion. An estimated 1 in 3 cisgender women (unfortunately, there is no reliable statistic for trans or non-binary individuals) will have an abortion in their lifetime. Despite being a constitutional right for 46 years, the right to terminate a pregnancy has been systematically undermined through time limits, parental notification, and TRAP laws. Anti-abortion activists and organisations have created terror through the murder of abortion providers, discomf ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm honestly terrified about abortion access in the United States (and contraceptive access, etc etc) these days. Robin Marty's earlier book, co-authored with Jessica Pieklo, Crow After Roe: How "Separate But Equal" Has Become the New Standard in Women's Health and How We Can Change That, helped me understand what anti-abortion movements were doing and how they approached their work. In this new book, Robin Marty shifts the focus to our team - the reproductive rights and justice movements. "Hand ...more
Kathleen Bender
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fantastic resource guide for what we can do now to protect abortion access, as well as a plan for an uncertain future. It’s pretty neat we live in a time where mifepristone and misoprostol can be purchased online with relative ease!

A good companion book to read with this would be The Story of Jane, by Laura Kaplan. The author briefly mentioned their work in this book and it was a great example of abortion activist work in action.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you her the chilling phrase "WHEN Roe is overturned..." you know you needed this book, yesterday. ...more
Sereen (TheGood_Books)
“While this moment may feel like a crisis point, the truth is that for many communities this fight has been going on for decades, even centuries.” (p. 9)

I was able to take advantage of a Valentine's Day giveaway from Seven Stories Press to snag an electronic copy of this book and I am so happy I did. Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty is exactly what it sounds like: an up to date handbook of resources for women should our reproductive rights be cut in the United States. This handbook
Rift Vegan
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the past year or so, I've gotten very passionate about reproductive rights. In fact, I took on a project to send a Thank You postcard to each and every independent abortion clinic in the USA... There are just over 100 of them (not including Planned Parenthood) and it took me nine months (heh) to send to them all. And now I'm doing it again, round 2! THANK YOU abortion providers!!!

It scares me that this book needs to be written... but Wow, tons of great information!!

I am lucky to live in a st
Valuable information for an unknown future we are now having to face. Had hoped I wouldn't need to pick this up when I bought it, but here we are. ...more
Christina Cathcart
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bodily autonomy is a basic human right. The government has no business forcing anyone to give birth, and yet right-wing politicians have been consistently chipping away at reproductive rights in earnest since 2010. Overwhelmingly restrictive laws being pushed through the courts attempt to make the choice of getting an abortion so difficult that the option remains legal, but completely unattainable.

Read this book if you’re ready to fight back.

Ava Budavari
Y’all. THIS BOOK. THIS FUCKING BOOK. Everyone who is pro choice and can afford it needs to go buy their own copy now. I will force it on all of my friends because words cannot even describe how much we need this book right now. I learned SO much from it about litigation, medicine, history, organizing and even cyber security. It empowered me to just continue this fight no matter if roe gets overturned, no matter what shit gets thrown at me. We will find a way. Get this and read it. Not only will ...more
Corey Preston
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are dangerous times, with a range of unsettling potential outcomes that are all very real possibilities.
But one of those outcomes - sweeping attacks on reproductive rights, on reproductive justice - is virtually certain.
This is truly a handbook, and an invaluable one. Ms. Marty does not waste time or energy on platitudes or poetry, but rather jumps headlong, without flinching, into some very painful realities, and frightening eventualities. It is far from an easy read, but worth it for f
Rachel Pollock
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is fantastic in terms breaking down what the average citizen can do if Roe v. Wade is overturned, both to fight for abortion rights at a state and local level, and in terms of civil disobedience. Every pro-choice household should own a copy.
This is indeed a handbook, and a very timely and important one. It includes, among other things, organizations listed by state.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
There's a lot of good information in here. ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For now, abortion is legal in all 50 states. But the fall of the Roe v. Wade decision is a very definite possibility and, meanwhile, state by state, harsher antiabortion laws are being set in place. Many others have already passed and would be triggered by the fall of Roe. This book is an essential reference for anyone who is concerned: people who might seek an abortion for themselves or a loved one; advocates and activists who want to keep abortion safe and accessible; health care providers and ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a surprisingly detailed guide.

With website links and current abortion laws by state, this is a pretty comprehensive book. It talks about the importance of being prepared when Roe v. Wade is overturned and what that means. It breaks information down by state and talks about ways people can be allies to protect access to safe abortions.

I'm concerned with most of the resources being websites how well this book will age. Also as the book talks about when Wade is overturned, accessing a sour
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The book is smaller than it seems, because it is packed with resources and references for every state. Beyond that it is matter of fact, realistic, and does not pretend that the work to keep abortion access just started. She makes a point of calling out over and over again that people have been doing the work for decades before now, but that we've gotten to a time when people who may have not felt themselves to be affected by bans (read wealthy, white, CA/NY, etc etc) are now preparing to fight ...more
Alorah Welti
I think this is very helpful, but I wanted more from this book. The resources are good, but I felt that Marty didn't write enough of her own information. If there ever is restrictions for abortion information this book would not be a resource for self-induced abortions, or how to start a Jane organization. This is a valuable resource for information about online presence and organizing safely online. Other than that, this is more of a gateway book to explore the subjects she spoke about in more ...more
Diane Henry
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reference for book for how to help ensure safe abortions. Discussed ways to get involved, how to connect with people who’ve been doing the work, organizations to help with via volunteering or donations. This book also,lists plenty of resources to help people get the reproductive health care they need. Obviously, many of these resources are fragile and threatened, but every little bit helps.
Lucy Jones
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: repro-books
A helpful, quick read about what the future of abortion access likely will look like if abortion legality is relegated back to states. It details ways to get involved, ways to take action, information on providing practical abortion support and planning for your own emergency, and information about all 50 states.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive collection of resources for navigating an increasingly likely future of reduced access to safe abortions. I worry that, like with many similar print sources, the details will quickly become outdated, but at least it will get pregnant people pointed in the right direction. The chapter about becoming a "jane" and DIYing it freaked me RIGHT THE HELL OUT. ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate that I have to have this book; I didn’t want to read it. But it wasn’t as depressing as I thought it would be – it’s actually quite empowering. Filled with valuable information and great resources. Gear up, armor up. Because we won’t. Go. Back.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abortion
When did the pro-choice movement go from decrying the dangers of illegal abortion, waving around coat hangers and threatening that women will die if abortion is outlawed to supporting and promoting illegal abortion?
Laurie Bertram
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything an inspiring or seasoned activist needs in these troubling times. Great one to keep on the bookshelf and refer to time and time again.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is more helpful as a book to have on hand than a book to read straight through, but ... definitely buy a copy to have on hand. Yeesh.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-book
Whether you are of child-bearing age or not, this is a necessary read for a Post-Roe America!
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great practical resource on reproductive rights and abortion access.
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