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The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2004
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594030510  
EAN  9781594030512  

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More than thirty years after Roe v. Wade, the conflict over abortion has not abated. While "pro-choice" forces increasingly concede the central "pro-life" claim-that abortion is a morally portentous act-they still insist that the well-being of women depends absolutely on a legal right to abortion. The twelve essays in The Cost Of Choice, all by women active in the public square, argue that legal abortion has in fact harmed women-socially, medically, psychologically and culturally. Law professor Elizabeth Schiltz describes the unsettling reactions she faced for "choosing" to give birth to a child with Down Syndrome. Dr. Engel Lanfranchi, co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, offers evidence supporting a link between induced abortion and increased risk of breast cancer. Psychiatrist Joanne Angelo tells how abortion has affected women she has treated. With essays by imminent women such as Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities at Emory University, The Cost Of Choice shows another side of feminism and captures the complexity of a divisive social issue.

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Captures the moral, legal, medical and political complexities surrounding abortion.

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The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion  Sep 5, 2007
The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion
Very eye-opening book. A must read, we need to be talking about these things. Why are we so afraid of the truth in our culture? Abortion hurts women in many ways. Women, young and old, deserve to know all the potential risk factors in making their choice to have this medical procedure. Let the healing begin.....
An important read.  Jun 16, 2007

The importance of this work is it's ability to help eliminate the untenable notion that a woman cannot hold life sacred, and worthy of protecting, and be a feminist at the same time. To the hackneyed comment about "taliban" in another review I would point out that in the industrialized nations it was the Nazis and Communists who were among the very first to do away with the laws that protected the unborn child's right to life.
This is a very important book  Jul 14, 2006
This book is excellent.

I read a book recently about women who gave birth in the 40s-50s-60s-before Roe-and about how many of them were sent to maternity homes to hide and then forced to give their babies up for adoption. While reading these women's stories, it struck me how we still have the same problems (women not having any "choice" at all), although now abortion has replaced forced surrendering of newborns. I was so sad reading these women's accounts of having to give up the babies they had just birthed. I now understand that many women abort for the same reasons: pressure from a boyfriend, parents, friends, etc. We still have the same problems. It's maybe just a little easier to hide with abortion since it can be done early before anyone notices a pregnancy. But, that does not mean that the women who abort will not feel similar emotional scars as they age.

New brain research has also made me question minors getting abortions. The new research indicates that the human brain does not complete development until the mid 20s. The last part of the brain to develop is that dealing with long term consequences. This is why many teens are impulsive. With this new knowledge, it seems very scary to be letting teen girls have abortions.

With continuing scientific discoveries and genetic testing, reproductive choice is getting more and more frightening. We can already abort babies that are "not good enough" or abort a boy because we want a girl. Where does it stop? What if we discover a breast cancer gene test for in-utero babies? What about a gay gene? Will it be permissable to abort these babies? In-utero genetic testing + reproductive rights = very scary consequences.

We have already seen from history what can happen when a group of people think they can judge who's lives are worth living, and who's are not. We need to be very careful because with things like sex selection and aborting babies with birth defects like Downs Syndrome, we are sadly on that path again.
The Real Deal On Abortion  Apr 14, 2006
This book is a must read for ALL feminists, particularly those who are pro-choice. The argument for abortion has so often been reduced to "it's my body, it's my right" that many people have stopped delving into the multiplicity of issues in the public sphere that the legalization of abortion has left its mark on.

Here you will find erudite and eloquent women discuss the numerous negative effects that abortion has had on women, in particular, and society in general.

The Cost of "Choice" also offers the most lucid and cogent explanation that I have found anywhere explaining the abortion/breast cancer link, or the ABC link. After reading the essay about the ABC link by Dr. Lanfranchi there can be no doubt in anyones mind the causal relationship that abortion has to breast cancer in women. Dr. Lanfranchi also explains to the reader the political reasons that the ABC link is labeled as non-existent by those that wish to see abortion only through rose colored glasses.

If you want the unvarnished truth about the effects that abortion has had on women, then read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Clear choice  Mar 20, 2006
This book explores difficult issues that confront women who choose abortion. However,the ideological/religious underpinning provided by the editor and the reviewers actually makes this title less compelling.
Most of the people( not all) who are against the exercise of reproductive rights are fundamentalist Christians. The issues of abortion, evolution, freedom of religion are those literalist Christian beliefs imposed on values of a secular free society. We will be living in a highly repressive society if these bible-thumpers have their way. Remember Taliban?

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