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Title:
My body, my choice : the fight for abortion rights
ISBN:
9781459817128
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
Contents:
Looking back : the history of abortion -- Fighting for choice -- Abortion under attack -- Fighting for safe abortion around the world -- The way forward : stories from the front lines.
Summary:
Abortion is one of the most common of all medical procedures. Making it illegal or hard to access doesn't make it any less common; it just makes it dangerous. People who support abortion rights have been fighting hard to create a world in which the right to access safe and legal abortion services is guaranteed. The opposition has been intense and sometimes violent, and victories have been hard won. Stevenson shows that the long fight for abortion rights is being picked up by a new generation of courageous, creative and passionate activists. --
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Abortion is one of the most common of all medical procedures. But it is still stigmatized,  and all too often people do not feel they can talk about their experiences.

Making abortion illegal or hard to access doesn't make it any less common; it just makes it dangerous. Around the world, tens of thousands of women die from unsafe abortions every year.

People who support abortion rights have been fighting hard to create a world in which the right to access safe and legal abortion services is guaranteed. The opposition to this has been intense and sometimes violent, and victories have been hard won.

The long fight for abortion rights is being picked up by a new generation of courageous, creative and passionate activists. This book is about the history, and the future, of that fight.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-While one in four women in North America has an abortion by age 45, there is still an immense stigma around this usually low-risk medical procedure. This text explains why stigma still exists as well as the past, present, and future of abortion rights worldwide. This guide first discusses what abortions are and the types usually performed. Stevenson then delves into the history of abortion, and the fight for abortion rights in North America and across the globe. Following this breakdown, the writer explains how and why abortion rights have been fought against, followed by highlighting medical professionals and students who have supported the right to choose, abortion myths and facts, and the religious community's and government's impact on reproductive rights. More importantly, readers learn how racist and sexist attitudes and laws still unfairly impact an individual's right and ability to obtain birth control or have a safe abortion. The guide concludes with personal stories of individuals who have had abortions and addresses that there are communities often left out of the conversation. Readers will appreciate and find value in the colorful photographs and illustrations, quotes, and comics provided and will finish the guide feeling empowered. Youth will be armed with concrete tips and advice on how they can help fight against abortion stigma and support their right and others' right to make this important decision for themselves. VERDICT This comprehensive, empowering, and accessible resource will be of great use to teens interested in learning more about -reproductive rights either for school or for personal knowledge.-Jess Gafkowitz, -Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A nonfiction book about reproductive justice focusing primarily on the U.S. and Canada.Stevenson's (Pride, 2016, etc.) stated goal in writing this book was to spark conversation and destigmatize this common medical procedure. The introduction makes the work's abortion-rights stance clear: Medical abortion is 10 times safer than childbirth, and without legal abortion, women die from unsafe ones. Chapter 1 provides historical context for the criminalization of abortion and contraception in the U.S., linking it directly to racism and white supremacy. This sets the stage for the fight for legal abortion in the U.S. and Canada, which is discussed at length in Chapter 2. Subsequent chapters focus on a range of topics related to attacks on abortion rights in the U.S. and Canada, challenges to abortion access globally, and key issues surrounding racial justice, trans inclusion, and concerns of the disability rights community. Each chapter includes information about activists, with young people featured in the last chapter. The book is visually appealing, with bold design that includes photos, cartoons, sidebar quotes, and maps in eye-popping full color. Minor quibble: Many photos are undated.Well-researched and visually appealing, this is a boon for those seeking clear, comprehensive information from the perspective of the reproductive rights movement. (author's note, glossary, resources, references, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Reproductive rights have a long history of conflict and controversy around the globe, and this exceptional installment in the Orca Issues series (2 titles) provides an in-depth look at abortion rights and services, both historically and as they exist today. It begins by defining abortion, before presenting a comprehensive history of abortion rights in the U.S. and Canada, enriched by key pieces of legislation, stories of activism, and testimonials from women about their own abortions. Stevenson (Pride, 2016) deliberately calls attention to marginalized groups (the poor, women of color, trans or gender-nonconforming individuals, and the disabled) whose experiences and options have been, and continue to be, vastly different from those afforded to white or wealthy women. Later chapters highlight young sexual health and abortion activists from around the world. Photos of the diverse supporters of this cause and abortion-related comics illustrate the book, drawing attention to the universal nature of this issue. With impeccable research, statistics, a resource list, and thorough source notes, this illuminating resource should be required reading for teens of every gender.--Julia Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
What Is an Abortion?p. 10
Who Has Abortions?p. 12
Chapter 1 Looking Back: The History of Abortionp. 15
Racism and Population Controlp. 16
The Criminalization of Abortionp. 18
The Illegal-Abortion Erap. 22
Fighting for Changep. 25
Chapter 2 Fighting for Choicep. 31
The Fight for Legal Abortion in the United Statesp. 31
Fighting for Choice in Canadap. 43
Chapter 3 Abortion Under Attackp. 57
Violence and Harassmentp. 59
Restrictions to Access in the United Statesp. 64
Anti-Abortion Propagandap. 73
Choice and the Churchp. 77
Reproductive Rights and the Trump-Pence Administrationp. 78
Chapter 4 Fighting for Safe Abortion Around the Worldp. 83
Abortion Pillsp. 86
Global Impact of US Policyp. 87
Fighting for Abortion Rights in Irelandp. 94
Women's Strike in Polandp. 103
Women on Wavesp. 104
Women on Webp. 109
Behind the Scenes: Working For Social Changep. 113
Chapter 5 The Way Forward: Stories from the Front Linesp. 119
Moving from Choice to Reproductive Justicep. 119
Improving Access for All: Diversity and Abortion Servicesp. 125
Grassroots Activismp. 132
Using Social Media to Fight Abortion Stigmap. 137
The Real Experts: Listening to People Who Have Had Abortionsp. 145
Author's Notep. 156
Glossaryp. 158
Resourcesp. 161
Referencesp. 162
Photo Creditsp. 169
Acknowledgmentsp. 170
Indexp. 172