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The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion

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Every day in America, abortion providers and the women who need them are in danger. First published ten years ago, this collection of 25 powerful stories from contributors both famous and ordinary, privileged and poor, provides often harrowing insights into what happens when women are denied the right to choose. Testimonials from teenagers, college students, overloaded you ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 27th 2001 by Seal Press (first published 1991)
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Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and varied stories. Even after doing a lot of work in this field, I don't think I had fully realized, until I read Grace Paley's story about a friend who died, that women had--and still have--a hard time getting treated for spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) in many hospitals and doctors' offices because of a reluctance to do anything even resembling abortion. Having just read Frances Moore Lappe's book "Getting a Grip" and then this one, I like her suggestion that we substitute "pro-co ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book with personal stories from women who have actually had abortions and the experience through their eyes. Not every story is one of those horror back alley butcher abortion stories which was a needed angle. It made the juxtaposition even greater between an abortion that was done poorly and an abortion that was done safely. It made me angry that anyone should have to go through an illegal dangerous abortion when there is a perfectly safe, painless, medical way to have an abortion. ...more
Aug 30, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this as a companion to the book that I read about birth mothers and adoptions (see my other reviews). It was not as emotional for me as reading about the birth mothers, and this is largely due to the fact that most of the women featured in the adoption book were forced to do what they did by others and often regret their actions. Their emotional responses were larger and more devastating than those of the women who told the stories of their illegal and legal abortions. What I did enjoy ab ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-on-choice
Stories from famous/distinguished women who have had abortions, both before and after Roe v. Wade. Sort of a Choice classic.
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Powerful book about abortion, the women who choose it and the reasons why...
People (some famous) tell their true stories of having abortions or helping people they love have abortions, many during the time when abortion was illegal in the US.

Good history.
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“Suddenly, I began to wonder: If one in three or four American women had an abortion at some time in her life--a common statistical estimate, even in those days of illegality-- then why, WHY should this single surgical procedure be deemed a criminal act?” 13 likes
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