by Leslie Cannold (and Rene Denfeld, Contributor
Non-fiction (Australia), 212 pages
Publisher: Wesleyan; 1st edition (November 29, 2001)
The feminist position on abortion is little changed from thirty years ago, argues Leslie Cannold. Mired in the rhetoric of « rights, » feminists have failed to appreciate women’s actual experience of abortion and have ceded the debate on the morality of abortion to the anti-choice contingent. In order to counter the current erosion of abortion rights and appeal to women of Generation X, who don’t remember a time when abortion wasn’t safe and legal, feminism must evolve a richer, more nuanced understanding of abortion, she says, one that is premised on the right to choose, yet sensitive to the value of the fetus and the serious responsibilities of motherhood.