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Strong support among women was key to Obama’s reelection. According to author Sarah Erdreich, it is time for Barack Obama, forty years after Roe v. Wade, to finally help demystify abortion. One-third of all American women will have an abortion by the time they are 45, and most of those women are already mothers. Yet, the topic remains taboo. In this provocative book on the heels of the Planned Parenthood controversy, Erdreich presents the antidote to the usual abortion debates.
Inextricably connected to issues of autonomy, privacy, and sexuality, the abortion debate remains home base for the culture wars in America. Yet, there is more common ground than meets the eye in favor of choice. Generation Roe delves into phenomena such as “abortion-recovery counseling,” “crisis pregnancy centers,” and the infamous anti-choice “black children are an endangered species” billboards. It tells the stories of those who risk their lives to pursue careers in this stigmatized field. And it outlines the outrageous legislative battles that are being waged against abortion rights all over the country. With an inspiring spirit and a forward-looking approach, Erdreich holds abortion up, unabashedly, as a moral and fundamental human right.
“In her first book, journalist and women’s health advocate Erdreich delivers a passionate study of the past, current, and future state of the pro-choice movement in America...This is a thoughtful and comprehensive treatment of one side of an emotionally charged topic.”–Publishers Weekly
“In several sagaciously researched essays, Erdreich presents some of the voices of women who choose abortion and why. An honest probing of law, public perception and conscience in the abortion debate.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Each generation experiences the battles for reproductive choice uniquely. Sarah Erdreich digs into our current terrain–one of crisis pregnancy centers, the lulling effect of Roe, and the introduction of a new cadre of young activists online–to illustrate the morality and urgency that animate the right to abortion.”–Jennifer Baumgardner, author of ManifestA and Abortion & Life
“Sarah Erdreich zeroes in on the central paradox of abortion in America: One in three women will have at least one abortion by menopause, but the anti-choice movement is scoring victory after victory. Stigma and shame–and, let's not forget, fear of anti-choice violence–keep too many women from speaking out even as their rights are whittled away. Can the young activists of Generation Roe revitalize the pro-choice movement? If you want to know what they’re thinking, this book is a great place to begin.”–Katha Pollitt
“Forty years after Roe v. Wade, Erdreich shows why the abortion issue remains salient.”–Ms. Magazine, Great Reads for Winter 2013