Non-fiction (U.S.), 196 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press, Jan 4, 2011
Surprising firsthand accounts from the front lines of abortion provision in America reveal the persistent cultural, political, and economic hurdles to access: More than thirty-five years after women won the right to legal abortion, most people do not realize how inaccessible it has become. In these pages, reproductive-health researcher Carole Joffe shows how a pervasive stigma—cultivated by the religious right—operates to maintain barriers to access by shaming women and marginalizing abortion providers. Through compelling testimony from doctors, health-care workers, and patients, Joffe reports the lived experiences behind the polemics, while also offering hope for a more compassionate standard of women’s health care.