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Those who came of age after 1973 cannot remember the days before Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. "Back Rooms" presents the moving testimony of womenand men - who cannot forget. This landmark oral history vividly conveys the stark choices women with unwanted pregnancies faced before abortion was legalized. Here are poignant stories of illegaThose who came of age after 1973 cannot remember the days before Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. "Back Rooms" presents the moving testimony of women—and men - who cannot forget. This landmark oral history vividly conveys the stark choices women with unwanted pregnancies faced before abortion was legalized. Here are poignant stories of illegal 'back-room' abortions and harrowing accounts of self-induced miscarriages, as well as the testimony of women who were forced to give birth on society's terms, not their own. At a time when mounting pressure from anti-abortion activists increasingly challenges the Roe v. Wade decision, this book lends authority and moral clarity to the pro-choice position....

Title : Back Rooms: Voices from the Illegal Abortion Era
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ISBN : 9780879758769
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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Back Rooms: Voices from the Illegal Abortion Era Reviews

  • Lori Fox
    2018-11-27 22:32

    Anyone who doesn't understand the importance of Roe vs. Wade should read this book, and so should those trying to repeal it. We women are more than just an incubator. ALL babies deserve to be wanted, and ALL women deserve to have the choice as to whether or not they want to be a mother. "To me it's simple. It's a matter of life and death. If we don't help women they will die. They will suffer. I take off as at any anti-abortionist being called pro-life. I am pro-life. I've saved the lives of women."

  • Eve
    2018-12-10 01:38

    Originally published in 1988, this is a collection of oral histories mostly from women who got pregnant before abortion was legal. Some obtained illegal abortions, some married their boyfriends and kept the babies, some gave the babies up for adoption. It's amazing what they went through to get what is now a safe and relatively easy procedure. All the cloak-and-dagger shenanigans that were needed at the time, and the fear of being caught, and the money they had to pony up, and the uncertainty; not to mention a real risk of infection, sterility, or death. Also in an environment where abortions were criminalized even a spontaneous miscarriage was met with suspicion on the part of medical professionals. Let's not go back to that.

  • noelle
    2018-12-06 03:46

    bloop, another book i picked up for free. similar to patricia g. miller's the worst of times, which you should also read. i mean, idek what to say. it's compelling. i don't know how anyone can read it and take something about personal responsibility out of it. but i'm not a 35 y/o serbian dude so what do i know.

  • The_Coat Hanger_Project
    2018-12-02 04:50

    A must read for anti-choicers. This book tells the disturbing, tragic stories of women who sought abortions before Roe vs. Wade was legalized and endured procedures from unlicensed, dirty, back alley hacks or worse.

  • Redpoet
    2018-12-19 05:56

    FOR SURE, this book is for those of you who weren't around when abortion was illegal! For those who were, prepare for some bad memories...I remember.

  • Milan/zzz
    2018-11-30 05:36

    Well what to say about the book? I've read these very touching stories I didn't change my mind - I'm against abortion as a method of planning family! Of course I'm not against abortion per se (not to mention cases such as malformations of the fetus or pregnancy after raping). There's much more better, easier and surely more responsible ways to plan the family. here, abortion is presented precisely as a method for planning a family. Because here are sentences like ... neither of these girls knew anything about birth control or rhythm but then many of "these" girls have found their way to do abortion and that more than once! I'm not conservative or anti-feminist; on the contrary. I consider myself a feminist, I'm all pro gender equality! I'm talking about responsibility! And here there is no any! So I'm criticizing lack of responsibility, abortion is just its consequence.

  • Kelsey
    2018-11-30 23:43

    I'm very glad that someone has written this compelling and eye-opening book. It records dozens of oral interviews with people who either had illegal (i.e. pre-Roe v. Wade) abortions, those who helped in underground networking, activists and doctors. While the writing itself isn't always that great (due to the fact that the book is essentially transcribing interviews), the content is absorbing. It's shocking and scary to hear these true stories. A sometimes upsetting, but necessary read for anyone who thinks that women's lives and personal freedoms are important.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-10 01:54

    Very powerful real stories of what it was like to be faced with an unintended pregnancy -- ESPECIALLY in a time when women were supposed to be sexy, but not into sex and men were supposed to get the woman to have sex with them even though they weren't using any protection. Though we've come a long way in educating young people about birth control, there is and will always be a need for being open and honest about sex, sexuality, birth control, and abortion.

  • Graceann
    2018-12-19 22:59

    I say "history," though this era is in serious danger of returning in the United States. My mother grew up in the era of wire hangers and back room abortions, and lost one of her friends, who tried to end a seventh pregnancy from an abusive husband in her apartment's bathtub. Those book had particular resonance for me based on this knowledge, and I learned a great deal.

  • HeavyReader
    2018-12-01 01:41

    This book contains really intense stories about women having abortions when abortion was illegal. It is vital that this history is not lost, and this book does a good job of reminding us of how bad things were when women were not allowed to control their own bodies.

  • Miss Makaveli
    2018-12-17 23:41

    This is a tragic read but a truthful one.... And a prime example as to why we must fight for our rights to abort now more than ever...