Abortion & Life by Jennifer Baumgardner

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 unearths how the main arguable and stigmatized very best court docket determination of our time cuts throughout eras, periods, and race. lovely photographs via photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folks singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating money owed in their personal abortion experiences.

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

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In 1969, New York feminists interrupted hearings on abortion held by physicians and legislators and demanded to know why women weren’t being called on to give “expert” testimony. After all, what did even well-meaning priests, nuns, and male doctors and legislators know about dealing with an unwanted pregnancy? In February of that year, NARAL—the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America) was cofounded by Larry Lader to organize exclusively around the issue of abortion.

Early second-wave feminists, notably Lucinda Cisler of New York City, wanted to repeal all antiabortion laws—“abortion on demand, without apology” became their mantra. The fact of abortion being underground was inhumane on many levels. In addition to facing death or infertility due to infection, numerous women who received abortions in the years before Roe reported being raped or otherwise molested by their abortionists. ) Many others have said that they knew of such rapes at the time. ” Purely out of choicelessness, many suffered through the degradation and expense of illegal procedures, and once they realized how many others had suffered through similar experiences, they began wondering aloud and angrily why such a necessary and common medical procedure had been denied to them.

As of April 1, 2008, only seventeen states choose to fund abortions via state Medicaid: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. 4 million), of American women of reproductive age depend on Medicaid for their health coverage. Medicaid pays for two of every five births (thirtynine percent). A first-trimester abortion costs on average around $350. Some fifty-eight percent of abortions occur within the first eight weeks, while eighty-nine percent occur within the first twelve weeks (Centers for Disease Control, 2000).

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