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Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by the time they reach menopause. With each passing day, the reproductive rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright.
In her new book, PRO, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In this urgent and controversial book, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society. It is time, Pollitt argues, that we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.
Katha Pollitt is well known for her sharp, provocative criticism of culture and society in The Nation and elsewhere. Her clear-eyed take on some of the most difficult issues of our time has prompted Barbara Ehrenreich to remark: “When she finishes with a subject, there really isn’t anything to say—except, ‘Thanks, Katha, for clearing that up!’”
As more hot button issues begin to see consensus—from gay rights to the legalization of marijuana—abortion is the issue that continues to divide many Americans. In PRO, Katha Pollitt reframes entirely our national discussion around abortion, addressing readers whose views lie somewhere in the middle, arguing for abortion as a moral right and a social good. Everyone will have an opinion about PRO and we look forward to hearing yours.