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4.0 out of 5 stars Equal parts memoir and wakeup call, January 11, 2006
This review is from: With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose (Hardcover)
If renewed attention is not directed at women's rights, they may be lost. Kate Michelman believes we are living in a monumental time for the women's movement, as a role back of freedom might be at hand. Her book, With Liberty and Justice for All, details her life on the frontlines of the fight for reproductive choice and is meant as a wakeup call so that women will not lose all the rights she fought to gain.

Michelman accounts her life in the women's movement, how the practicing Catholic began to question the equality and fairness of the laws of the nation and of the church. Her tales include how she gained respectability among her peers, eventually reaching the presidency of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Readers get to see the history of her activism, including working to prevent Ronald Reagan from loading the Supreme Court with Justices who would role back women's rights.

Sound familiar? Although most of her experience relates to years past, Michelman builds on her history to comment on the current state of women's rights, including the possibility of another Republican president (this time George Bush) appointing anti-choice Judges. She claims an overwhelming support exists in this country for abortion rights, and she uses anecdotal evidence to support many of her positions. She details women whose lives have been lost because of anti-choice laws and shows how women can be more free to protect their bodies only if attention remains focused on protecting those rights.
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