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By Jennifer Baumgardner

"If Jennifer Baumgardner ever wishes one other mother, i will be the 1st in line to undertake her. She's clever, fearless, and a powerful strength for change."

—Barbara Ehrenreich, writer of Nickel and Dimed

In Abortion & Life, writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner finds how the main arguable and stigmatized preferrred court docket selection of our time cuts throughout eras, periods, and race. wonderful pics by way of photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folks singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating bills in their personal abortion experiences.

In this daring new paintings, Baumgardner explores a number of the thorniest matters round terminating a being pregnant, together with those that the pro-choice institution has been the least delicate or potent in confronting.

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Liberal women like Barbara Ehrenreich and Byllye Avery have abortions, as do conservative women like Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the ultra-judgmental radio talk show host, and Susan Carpenter-McMillan, Paula Jones’s mentor and handler during her lawsuit against then-President Bill Clinton. ) Even fervent pro-life activists have abortions. Many people who have worked in women’s health clinics have seen someone they recognized as a pro-life protester furtively come inside to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

There have been more than 5,800 reported instances of violence against clinics and their workers since 1977, according to the National Abortion Federation. Heavily targeted clinics must ramp up security on their own dime—costs that can reach $25,000 to $100,000 annually. The last few years have seen a decline in clinic violence—knock on wood—as a more female-centered pro-life movement has emerged, led by women such as Abstinence Clearinghouse’s Leslee Unruh and Feminists for Life of America’s Serrin M.

Women in the military still have no access to abortion through the military health care system—even if they use their own money and are posted overseas. In 1988, a seventeen-year-old girl by the name of Becky Bell died of a botched illegal procedure; she became the first recorded incident of someone dying because a parental consent law had restricted her from choosing a legal abortion. Bell’s parents were devastated—they would have preferred to know about their daughter’s abortion, of course, but didn’t believe she should have been forced by the state to do so.

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