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Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights Paperback – July 28, 2015
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“Katha Pollitt's brilliant new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, arrives like an urgent letter as rights are fast eroding….With Pollitt's characteristic wit and logic, Pro marshals science, history, medicine, religion, statistics and stories of real women's lives--with all the ‘tangled secret misfortunes' of families--to make a myth-busting argument that abortion is a social good. It's good for women. It's good for children. It's good for men. It's a normal fact of life and has been since ancient times. All of which might sound shocking, so rarely do we hear about abortion's benefits.” ―Kate Manning, Time
“Enraging...Pollitt's exploration of the hypocrisy of abortion opponents...is so witheringly encyclopedic it will be an eye opener for those who have never darkened the door of a women's studies classroom....Pro may succeed best at galvanizing complacent pro-choicers....Motherhood is hard enough if you go into it willingly. And Pollitt is correct to insist that the right to an abortion is merely society's down payment on all the rights we are yet due.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Pollitt's arguments force those who oppose reproductive rights to show their true colors--and effectively parries the 'abortion hurts women' nonsense.” ―Jessica Valenti, The Guardian (UK)
“[This] shouldn't be a radical message, but in an era when some feminists feel the need to defend the birth control pill by highlighting its use for reasons other than contraception, the very idea that we should insist that abortion is a good thing because it's good for women feels incredibly bold…. ‘No one is pro-abortion' is a common refrain among liberals defending the right to choose. In the abstract, no, but if you need an abortion to live your life as you see fit, then pro-abortion is exactly what you are. Katha Pollitt has your back on this, and more pro-choicers should embrace her unapologetic approach.” ―Ms. Magazine
“[An] important, revelatory new book... Pollitt does an excellent job of unpacking [the statistics] and showing the contradictions in our views, as well as the limits to what surveys can tell us about the decisions Americans make for themselves.” ―Laurie Abraham, Elle
“A refreshing and comprehensive look at abortion rights… Pro is a passionate plea--and a book that is needed now more than ever.” ―Michele Filgate, Salon
“Katha Pollitt's Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is such an important book.... Pollitt's fearlessness in exposing and dismissing the misogynist kernel at the center of the issue makes Pro the most fearlessly feminist book I've read in ages, a genuine work of bravery and scholarship and discourse. Am I gushing? You bet. You will be, too.” ―The Stranger
“A lucid and paassionate book.” ―Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com
“Throughout Pro, Pollitt maintains a moral clarity...Ultimately, Pollitt is arguing not just for reproductive rights but for reproductive justice, which places the right to mother, or not, within the global context of human rights and social and economic justice, inextricable from the fight for universal health insurance, immigration reform and a host of social challenges. It's a holistic vision of a more just society that in her telling is at once utterly reasonable and heartbreakingly elusive. It's unlikely that Pro is going to change anyone's mind about abortion, but Pollitt's invigorating articulation of the web of connections that could, someday, create a society concerned with the well-being of all its citizens is reason enough for anyone already on the bus to pick it up.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“[Pro is] a challenging, smart book, and it will change what you think about and talk about when the topic of abortion comes up.” ―Flavorwire
“Pollitt is at her best when she is passionately arguing for women's right to control their own lives. Pro begins with a fierce critique of the way the pro-choice infrastructure has shied away from the word abortion itself and has allowed the anti-abortion crowd to shape the discourse -- and to leave pregnant people out of it entirely, focusing instead on those endlessly lovable fetuses and their "right to life." It ends with an equally powerful call to understand abortion not as some singular culture-war issue but as one part of a struggle for women to be able to live full, complete lives, and for the reproductive labor that is still done mostly by women to be understood as something that benefits all of society and is deserving of respect and (financial) support.” ―Refinery 29
“An impassioned, persuasive case for understanding [abortion] in its proper context…With wit and logic, Pollitt debunks the many myths surrounding abortion, and analyzes what abortion opponents really oppose: namely, women's growing sexual freedom and power….With arguments that are both lucid and sensible, Pollitt successfully reframes the abortion debate to show that, ‘in the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights.'” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In this powerful pro-choice treatise, Pollitt, the well-known feminist, poet, and award-winning columnist for the Nation, expertly lays out why she supports a woman's right to decide whether to end a pregnancy.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“A dramatic, persuasive argument for abortion…Bolstered by dramatic statistics (‘excluding miscarriages, 21 percent of pregnancies end in abortion'), personal interviews, and historical references reaching as far back as ancient Greece and Egypt, Pollitt impressively makes her case while admitting that abortion clinics have become increasingly inaccessible and certain ‘pronatalist pundits' are holding women's intimately private pregnancy decisions up for public scrutiny…Pollitt's cogent opinion presents potent testimony on a woman's right to choose.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Pro-choice advocates will find Pollitt's summation helpful in recruitment.” ―Library Journal
“Explosive.” ―Flavorwire "25 Must-Read Books for the Fall"
About the Author
Katha Pollitt, the author of Virginity or Death!, is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including the National Book Critics Award for her first collection of poems, Antarctic Traveler, and two National Magazine Awards for Essays and Criticism. She lives in New York City.
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Over 4 million women are forced, against their will, into an unwanted pregnancy each year. Because of reporting problems this number may actually be too low. Even at 4 million a year that number is unbelievable especially since that number could just as easily be zero. We continually hear from the Anti-women crowd that abortion is immoral and should be made illegal. Forced pregnancy against a women will is a totally preventable crime and is totally preventable. The need to terminate a pregnancy could be virtually non-existent if men simply didn’t force inject women with their bodily fluids against their will. Want to stop abortion? Stop forcing women into unwanted, and unasked-for pregnancies. Problem solved.
Some find that solution too simple. After all, that would mean taking responsibility for their own bodily fluids and their own actions, That, they say is a complex subject which needs to be considered very carefully seeking out all the potential pitfalls and downfalls of that plan in order to protest men’s rights. The NCCB (National Conference of Catholic Bishops - celibate men. and “eunuchs for the sake of heaven”) their American Radical Religious Right Wing Coalition (RRRWC) of some (certainly not all) American religious and political allies onboard with the obsessive and compulsive plan of the Roman Universalist Church (RUC) hierarchy, want to lay out another plan. Instead of allowing women to do what would be and is completely moral, ethical, natural and legal for any man when he is poisoned, they want to victimize women a second time in behalf of the perpetrator by forcing her to become in incubator, (a thing equivalent to a, gender slave, baby maker or domestic animal) under the auspices of a the church/state legal mandate.
This though provoking book helps demystify a subject that the anti-women's right crusaders of the NCCB (and it’s European dictatorship) and their American Radical Religious Right Wing Coalition (RRRWC) of American religious leaders and political allies who obsessively and compulsively, want to lay out a reality where women are used as incubators in the name of the church and state which takes away women’s rights to their bodies and lives. Just think these men consist of 1% of the population and their "Anti-Woman's Rights Cult of America.” Represents another 14% of the population.
It gives one an idea of the dogma they use to denigrate, dehumanize, defame and slander women, in their obvious church/state attempt to control every woman's human, moral, natural and civil rights, and justify their methodology of keeping women from acting, in self defense, against a criminal battery and other highly immoral acts perpetrated against them; and then, even claiming God is behind it all. Me thinks that they are creating pretend gods, to punish their pretend women, in their fantasy alternative universe. If you read this book carefully, and just think a little, you will understand that they have a nascent need to control women and have formed an anti-women right crusade to make right by agreement what cannot be made right through fact. This book also helps clarify the NCCB’s and RRRWc’s intentional use of the many oppressive, tyrannical, and often unconstitutional and illegal acts and tactics and understand why it is known, in some circles as the unholy "Anti-Woman's Rights Cult of America.”
Another well written and inspiring book written by Katha Pollitt Five stars and two thumbs up.
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