How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America
Abortion is both a highly emotional and politically charged topic in the United States.
The battle lines have been drawn, with the Pro-Lifers on one side, and the Pro-Choicers on the other. Except, it isn’t quite that simple. It is not a black and white, right or wrong issue. In fact, Pro-Choice does not mean Anti-Life; and, I bet if more Pro-Life believers truly understood what Pro-Choice means, many of them would realize that you can personally disagree with abortion, but still be Pro-Choice.
For anyone looking to read a researched, exposé from a writer who delved into both sides of the battle (plus those trampled on along the way), I highly suggest you check out Cristina Page’s 2006 non-fiction book: How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America, Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex.
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Despite the title, don’t judge the book by its cover. You will not find a book that supports abortion, but rather a collection of researched facts and well-thought out ideas about how the pro-life movement has actually caused more abortions rather than less. In fact, it is similar to how the “abstinence only” method of teaching birth control actually leads to more teen pregnancies and risks of sexually transmitted diseases.
Page outlines how the anti-abortion movement is spending more time trying to deny a woman’s right to choose than actually teaching logical options to the public about how to avoid abortion. On the other hand, the pro-choice movement has been working to reduce abortions, while fighting for a woman’s right to choose.
If the sole purpose of sex is for procreation only, then there would be absolutely no debate about whether abortions should be legal or not. However, sex is not only for producing a baby—it is also something people do for intimacy and pleasure. Page points out that the pro-choice movement is not only “sticking up for the right to an abortion. We are taking a stand on sex.”
The book’s first chapter begins with four glimpses into the lives of real women denied contraceptive at their local pharmacies. The first story is about a pharmacy that denied a rape victim emergency contraception. These short, personal stories are laced into the book, but the majority of the information presented is based on hard facts and statistics.
I am a firm believer that people should try to learn about the opposite sides of the issues they believe in. Either you will become more firm and knowledgable in your beliefs, or you will form new, more educated ones. The inability for someone to branch out and expand their knowledge on an issue is simply based on the fear of letting go of their preconceived notions about a topic. But in order to stand firm in a debate, you need to be able to effectively argue your point—and, this means you need to know the other side’s argument.
Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, or if you do or don’t believe in abortion, I suggest you read Cristina Page’s book. I truly don’t believe it will dramatically alter anyone’s beliefs, but it will offer some important information.
Abortion is a hot topic that I feel strongly about as a woman. Regardless of my personal beliefs, I don’t believe anyone else’s religious or political beliefs should be able to dictate the choices I make for my body.
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