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Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement Paperback – March 26, 2013

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“Before and after Roe v. Wade,  a third of all American women have needed an abortion at some time in their lives, yet instead of a subject of health care, this has become subject of secrecy. To break the spell, read Generation Roe by Sarah Erdreich. She replaces lies with honesty and myth with reality.”—Gloria Steinem

“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

About the Author

Women's health advocate and writer SARAH ERDREICH has been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek, and her incisive writings on abortion rights have been noted by Jezebel, Feministing, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. She has worked for several prominent pro-choice organizations, and has been published in On The Issues, Lilith, Feminists For Choice, and RH Reality Check. She has also worked editorially with the magazines HUES and Teen Voice. Generation Roe is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609804589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609804589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Generation Roe provides a well-supported argument for continued importance of an active pro-choice movement. Ms. Erdreich explores a controversial issue with compassion for both the women who find themselves in need and the service providers who dedicate their lives to providing information and medical care. She presents a detailed picture of the complicated decision medical providers make to provide abortions and the risks they encounter on a daily basis. It is reassuring to read about so many professionals dedicated to such an important cause even in the face of such a vocal opposition. And the book confirms the need for vocal allies, particularly in light of the active and well-organized political machine seeking to undermine the rights women fought for decades ago. Well worth a read for anyone looking for inspiration in a bleak political climate.
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In contrast to pro-life rhetoric and propaganda, Erdreich offers an articulate and researched exploration of abortion; she writes fearlessly and confidently, addressing the complexities of not only women's lives but also the complexities of the politics surrounding abortion.

Important and well-written, and to others who spout- read the book first.
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Erdreich's book looks at the unique difficulties facing women and men currently fighting for reproductive rights. I found the book to be very readable; it included lots of personal stories from Erdreich's interview subjects. The book also contains a list of resources, including websites I was not familiar with.

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.
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Erdreich opens this compelling book with a personal story: of being called a Nazi by someone who is anti-choice. Instead of dwelling on the absurdity of this claim, Erdreich uses it as a springboard to explain why she, as well as other pro-choice activists, feel that freedom of choice is non-negotiable. A combination of stories from individuals and well-documented facts unfold to demonstrate both the need for abortion's legality and the current state of affairs.

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.
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Not only a fantastic, well researched manual of the basic history and current issues facing the pro-choice movement, the book was unafraid to critically address some of the current challenges within the movement's infrastructure itself. A must read not just for those who support reproductive rights but those who question how we can "do it better." - Robin Marty, author Crow After Roe: How "Separate But Equal" Has Become the New Standard In Women's Health And How We Can Change That
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I have read a fair amount of material on abortion rights and found this overall a fresh account of the battles in recent days. The chapters of television portrayals and activists among medical students were particularly good. One chapter basically wasted too much time in a smallish volume summarizing overall abortion history, which can be found in other places. As a whole, a worthwhile addition to the literature, providing a voice of the young activists today.
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The discussion of abortion rights too often degenerates into posturing. In fact, it is almost impossible to see any reasoned discussion of this issue. Yes, it is volatile and provokes emotional response, but that should not be the basis of public policy. This book frames the discussion as a question of women's rights and presents the case in a compelling fashion. For those with an open mind, seeking an understanding of this issue, I can recommend this book without hesitation.
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