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Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement Paperback – March 26, 2013
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“In her first book, journalist and women’s health advocate Erdreich delivers a passionate study of the past, current, and future state of the pro-choice movement in America...This is a thoughtful and comprehensive treatment of one side of an emotionally charged topic.”—Publishers Weekly
“In several sagaciously researched essays, Erdreich presents some of the voices of women who choose abortion and why. An honest probing of law, public perception and conscience in the abortion debate.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Situated in an American context, Generation Roe explores the political and societal implications of access to abortion and what that means for a generation of women and providers who have come of age post-Roe vs. Wade (a landmark case decided in 1973 wherein the Supreme Court of the United States entrenched a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy). Interestingly, Erdreich demonstrates how the continual stigmatization of being pro-choice has actually made access to abortion an increasing problem.”—Shameless
"Each generation experiences the battles for reproductive choice uniquely. Sarah Erdreich digs into our current terrain—one of crisis pregnancy centers, the lulling effect of Roe, and the introduction of a new cadre of young activists online—to illustrate the morality and urgency that animate the right to abortion."—Jennifer Baumgardner, author of ManifestA and Abortion & Life
"Sarah Erdreich zeroes in on the central paradox of abortion in America: One in three women will have at least one abortion by menopause, but the anti-choice movement is scoring victory after victory. Stigma and shame—and, let's not forget, fear of anti-choice violence—keep too many women from speaking out even as their rights are whittled away. Can the young activists of Generation Roe revitalize the pro-choice movement? If you want to know what they're thinking, this book is a great place to begin."—Katha Pollitt
"Forty years after Roe v. Wade, Erdreich shows why the abortion issue remains salient."—Ms. Magazine, Great Reads for Winter 2013
“The book maintains a deft, critical tone that’s a refreshing break from most writing about abortions. Erdreich honestly and sharply evaluates the state of the movement and looks at what is and is not working for reproductive rights activists. She discusses the social stigma surrounding abortion, the tide of anti-choice legislation sweeping the nation, the dangers of providing abortion care, abortion in pop culture, and the strategies employed by the anti-choice movement in detail, weaving personal and political narratives together quite seamlessly. It’s a fantastic overview of the issues facing the movement today, and the people on the front lines of the culture war over reproductive rights. A must-have for readers interested in reproductive rights subjects, particularly those who wish to expand the scope and nature of the debate to make it more inclusive of the larger picture.”—Bitch Magazine
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Important and well-written, and to others who spout- read the book first.
In my opinion, the most interesting chapter was "On Demand and Without Apology," where Erdreich discusses problems with national pro-choice organizations. As Erdreich has worked at multiple reproductive rights organizations, she is well-equipped to speak of problems. I would add that these problems aren't necessarily unique to pro-choice organizations; national organizations and non-profits in general have a lot of bureaucracy and are not particularly known for being "radical."
I do wish the author had made more of a group-based analysis of the conditions under which abortion takes place for women. Why is it that 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have to undergo an abortion? What is causing all these unwanted pregnancies? The answer, I think, is that sexuality is not something that women truly control.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book for people looking to learn more about the modern pro-choice movement. I'm glad Erdreich wrote it.
Unlike many pro-choice people, Erdreich publicly acknowledges the complexities of abortion. While a less thoughtful author may have used this as an excuse to muddle the core pro-choice message, Erdreich takes the conflicting feelings many people have about the subject and uses them to weave a narrative about why being pro-choice also means being pro-family, pro-baby, and pro-woman.
The book moves through the topics of abortion training in medical settings, media representations of the abortion option, and why anti-choicers have gained such momentum in state legislatures over the last few years. The individual chapters can be read separately, but they ultimately portray a movement whose future depends on activists like Erdreich and the many young people she interviewed.
Generation Roe closes as clearly as it began: with the statement that abortion is an acceptable choice to make, full stop. I read the book with pen in hand and found myself underlining many quotable sentences -- a sure sign that the book was engaging. I will certainly pull it off the bookshelf again and again, as a reference or as a reminder of the motivation that fuels the pro-choice movement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jane Roe has said advocating for abortion was the biggest mistake of her life, she actually choose life for her baby and is now dedicated to telling the truth about abortion. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Mom
This book gave a great deal of insight into the Pro-Choice movement. The author, Sarah Erdreich, did a great deal of research through interviews, books, and historical records. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Josh Remington
There are SO many books discussing pre- and post-Roe history. This one is the least successful that I've come across in a long time. The best? Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Worddancer Redux
This certainly has been a depressing year for pro-choice activists in the United States! Across the country, we've witnessed women's healthcare clinics being closed and successful... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by wildflowerboy
As someone who lived this history, I know that she got it right. She documents the political threat to return to the pre-Roe horrors and clearly illuminates the reasons we should... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Robert Blake