Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Joffe, Carole
Accession Number: 236247779
Full Text: Carole Joffe, 2009

In 2010, America celebrated the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, yet access to quality abortion care remains exceptionally difficult to obtain. This book illuminates the barriers by exploring the stigma surrounding abortion, the professional and physical risks for practising medical professionals, and the unethical actions taken by the religious and political right in an attempt to abolish a woman's right to safe and legal abortion. The book combines research, first-hand accounts, history and current events and shows that all women are hindered by current legal constraints. The history of violence against abortion providers is detailed, including a reflection on Dr George Tiller's recent murder and a section on his work. Joffe details some of the worst anti-abortion tactics, including spreading false information about links between abortion and breast cancer, and examines political and religious motivations for abortion opposition. The focus is on treating each woman as an individual who deserves honest, safe and affordable medical care and the need to reduce stigma attached to abortion, for both patients and providers.

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Beacon Press

Boston MA, USA

E-mail: cmeyer@beacon.org

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