Without apology : the abortion struggle now / Jenny Brown.

by Brown, Jenny, 1965- [author.]Looking glass.

Series: Jacobin series: Publisher: London, England : Verso, 2019.Description: vi, 196 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781788735841.Subject(s): Abortion -- United StatesLooking glass | Feminism -- United StatesLooking glass | Reproductive rights -- United StatesNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

With an anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court, and several states with only one abortion clinic, many reproductive rights activists are on the defensive, hoping to hold on to abortion in a few places and cases. This spirited book shows how we can start winning again.
Jenny Brown uncovers a century of legal abortion in the U.S. until 1873 the century of illegal abortion that followed, and how the women's liberation movement of the 1960s really won abortion rights. Drawing inspiration and lessons from that radical movement, the successful fight to make the morning-after pill available over the counter, and the recent mass movement to repeal Ireland's abortion ban, Without Apology is an indispensable guide for organizers today.
Brown argues that we need to stop emphasizing rare, tragic cases and deferring to experts and pollsters, and get back to the basic ideas that won us abortion in the first place- Women telling the full truth of their own experience, arguing to change minds, and making abortion and birth control a keystone demand in the movement for women's freedom.

Includes bibliographical references.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In this cogent manifesto, National Women's Liberation activist Brown (Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work) sketches the history of abortion rights in the U.S. and argues that reproductive justice won't be achieved until feminists break down the stigma surrounding abortion. According to Brown, concerns over a steep decline in the birth rate and corresponding increases in gender equality, not religious or moral objections, laid the groundwork for the 1873 federal statute outlawing abortion (it had been legal in America for the century prior). She sees similar anxieties behind recent attacks on reproductive rights and argues that abortion is less a cultural issue than a "key economic battlefront." To win the battle, Brown writes, feminists should switch legal strategies from reforming anti-abortion laws to repealing them altogether; follow the examples of the 1969 Redstocking Abortion Speakout and the 2015 #ShoutYourAbortion media campaign by giving people a platform to share their abortion stories without shame; and expose the links between anti-abortion measures and class, gender, and racial inequalities. Not all readers will embrace Brown's Marxist interpretations, but her call to "move feminism toward bolder, more universal demands" is likely to strike a chord with young progressives. This laser-focused polemic makes its case effectively. (Oct.)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jenny Brown has campaigned for abortion and reproductive rights for more than thirty years. She was an editor for Labor Notes magazine and co-authored How to Jump-Start Your Union- Lessons from the Chicago Teachers. She writes, teaches, and organises with the feminist group National Women's Liberation and is the author of Birth Strike- The Hidden Fight over Women's Work.