From Publishers Weekly
While national prochoice organizations have focused on defending women's reproductive rights on legal grounds, they have largely sidestepped a major problem at the grassroots: terrorist attacks on abortion providers. But what use is the "right" to an abortion if there aren't enough clinics or doctors willing to endure threats and violence to perform them? ask abortion provider Baird-Windle and social worker Bader (who has written for PW). Their shocking, month-by-month chronicle covers acts of sabotage, bombing and murder over more than two decades. According to the authors, the "antis" (as the prochoice movement calls them) are usually white males of a paramilitary bent, informally ordained by fundamentalist Christian sects, led by skillful manipulators like Randall Terry and fueled by what Terry calls "righteous testosterone." To make matters worse, law enforcers are often unwilling to uphold the law when it comes to abortion, leaving clinic providers to defend themselves. Whether RU-486 can change the terms of battle is, unfortunately, too recent a question for consideration here. While the entries in this volume are startlingly repetitious, and the authors have made no attempt at elegant prose, they offer a piercing wake-up call and a useful reference work for any women's rights activist or civil libertarian. (May)Forecast: The recent election of an antiabortion president and the appointment of a U.S. attorney general whose antiabortion views are well-known have renewed anxiety about women's access to legal abortion that may spark some sales. The probable trial of antiabortion activist James Kopp for the 1998 murder of abortion doctor Barnett Slepian may also cast a spotlight on the book, though it's more likely to be talked about than bought.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This work chronicles events from the front lines in the anti-abortion movement in the United States and Canada over the past 40 years, describing major and minor crimes against family-planning clinics and personnel. The authors also review relevant court cases, laws, and law enforcement activity and provide excerpts from anti-abortion literature, news accounts, and extensive personal reflections on events. Professional anti-abortion activists, religious groups, political parties, and public officials all play a role. Much of the material consists of accounts from 190 interviews conducted by the authors with abortion providers. As owner of a women's clinic and plaintiff in a Supreme Court case on clinic access, Baird-Windle was also an active participant in many events. Coauthor Bader is a social worker, writer, and reviewer for LJ. This book is full of material of interest to activists and students, and its sources are well documented. The blow-by-blow recitation of events emphasizes the length and intensity of the ongoing siege on clinics. While there are other books on clinic violence, none covers such a broad time and geographic span. Recommended for public and academic libraries, public policy, criminal justice, and social sciences collections. Mary Jane Brustman, Univ. at Albany Libs., NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.