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By Jennifer Baumgardner

"If Jennifer Baumgardner ever wishes one other mother, i will be the 1st in line to undertake her. She's clever, fearless, and a powerful strength for change."

—Barbara Ehrenreich, writer of Nickel and Dimed

In Abortion & Life, writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner finds how the main arguable and stigmatized preferrred courtroom choice of our time cuts throughout eras, sessions, and race. gorgeous pictures by means of photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of people singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating debts in their personal abortion experiences.

In this daring new paintings, Baumgardner explores a number of the thorniest matters round terminating a being pregnant, together with those that the pro-choice institution has been the least delicate or powerful in confronting.

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The point of that button was, of course, the assertion that a woman should never be forced to thrust a hanger through her cervix and into her uterus because she is pregnant and has no access to a legal abortion. For Laurel’s generation, for Laurel herself, this hanger meant something literal. Laurel was the sole confidante (with the exception of the girl’s mother) to a friend who’d had an illegal abortion in 1964. The girl’s mother, who insisted that the father could never find out, had found the abortionist and taken her terrified daughter to an actual back alley to meet her fate.

I packed her with ice and held her. ” Roe meant the kind of hideous, humiliating, and dangerous experiences Piercy described were no longer just “facts of life” if you were a woman. The right to privacy, upon which the right to abortion is based, is a component of the liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment reads in part: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Laurel had two identical pins the size of half dollars on her kitchen bulletin board, both depicting the pro-choice symbol of that generation—a wire hanger with a red bar struck through it. I was intrigued and asked if I could have one. She held a pin out and looked me right in the eye. ” Her intensity made me momentarily nervous, but at the same time, I was flattered that she was taking me seriously. I took the button from her, and I took its message to heart. The point of that button was, of course, the assertion that a woman should never be forced to thrust a hanger through her cervix and into her uterus because she is pregnant and has no access to a legal abortion.

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