Carol Sanger: About Abortion
In a 2010 Guardian column, writer Lindy West contemplated the stigma surrounding abortion: “I live in a progressive city, I have a fiercely pro-choice social circle and family, I write confessionally about myself for a living... And I know how all [in my social circle] feel about abortion, policy wise. But I don’t know who has had one, and they don’t know about mine.” West’s personal insights reflect a national trend: abortion is such a contentious subject in American society that most women are reticent to discuss their own experience.
Regulatory legislature treats abortion as a mistake, rather than a right. Women are forced to have ultrasounds and undergo "educational briefings" that many opponents view as scare tactics. In her book, About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First Century America, legal scholar Carol Sanger tackles these issues and more by making connections between abortion law and cultural opinion. Carol looks forward toward medical progress and the advent of more free speech on the subject of abortion, she hopes that the decision of whether or not to become a mother will be treated with as much respect as any other serious choice in a woman's life. In the current political climate of the United States, marked by revived determination to close clinics, defund Planned Parenthood, and reverse Roe v. Wade, Sanger’s original and much-needed book is more important than ever.
Please join Carol, along with fellow authors and activists Amelia Bonow, Regina Mahone, and Jessica Valenti, for a panel discussion of the state of abortion rights in America in the Rare Book Room.