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Without apology : writings on abortion in Canada / edited by Shannon Stettner.
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Edmonton, Alberta : AU Press, 2016.

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x, 355 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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Until the late 1960s, the authorities on abortion were for the most part men-politicians, clergy, lawyers, physicians, all of whom had an interest in regulating women's bodies. Even today, when we hear women speak publicly about abortion, the voices are usually those of the leaders of women's and abortion rights organizations, women who hold political office, and, on occasion, female physicians. We also hear quite frequently from spokeswomen for anti-abortion groups. Rarely, however, do we hear the voices of ordinary women-women whose lives have been in some way touched by abortion. Their thoughts typically owe more to human circumstance than to ideology, and without them, we run the risk of thinking and talking about the issue of abortion only in the abstract.

Without Apology seeks to address this issue by gathering the voices of activists, feminists, and scholars as well as abortion providers and clinic support staff alongside the stories of women whose experience with abortion is more personal. With the particular aim of moving beyond the polarizing rhetoric that has characterized the issue of abortion and reproductive justice for so long, Without Apology is an engrossing and arresting account that will promote both reflection and discussion.

Author Notes

Shannon Stettner teaches in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is the co-founder of the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network.

Table of Contents

Shannon StettnerShannon StettnerJudith MintzClarissa HurleyJess WoolfordE.K. HornbeckBernadette WagnerKristenMackenzieCarolyn Egan and Linda GardnerAalya Ahmad and the Radical HandmaidsMartha SolomonColleen MacQuarrieSadie RobertsNatalie LochwinTracey L. AndersonShannon WestLaura WershlerLaura GillespieJane CawthorneNick Van der GraafPeggy CookeRuth MillerErin MullanEllen WiebeSterling HaynesShannon Stettner and "Dr. James"Karen StoteH. Bindy K. KangJen RinaldiShannon DeaShannon Stettner
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Without Apology: An Introductionp. 3
A Brief History of Abortion in Canadap. 31
Part 1 Speaking from Experience
An Abortion Palimpsest: Writing the Hidden Stories of Our Bodiesp. 77
T.A.p. 83
But I Kept All These Things, and Pondered Them in My Heartp. 91
Keep It Smallp. 99
A Bad Law and a Bold Womanp. 113
A Lonely Ridep. 117
[untitled]p. 123
Part 2 Abortion Rights Activism
Reproductive Freedom: The Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics and the Campaign to Overturn the Federal Abortion Lawp. 131
Handmaids on the Hill: Defending Our Rights One Womb at a Timep. 139
Breaking the Silence Through Portrait and Story: Arts 4 Choicep. 151
"We Can Get There Faster If We All Move Together": The Birth and Evolution of a Reproductive Justice Activistp. 157
Waves of Change in Prince Edward Island: Opening the Dialogue on Abortion Accessp. 163
Part 3 Challenging Opposing Positions
Blinded by the Right: My Past as an Anti-abortion Activistp. 169
One Life Change Leads to Another; My Evolving View of Abortionp. 179
Pro-Choice for God's Sakep. 183
Pro-choice with No "Buts": Three Commentariesp. 191
Expanding the Reproductive Justice Lexicon: A Case for the Label Pro-abortionp. 201
Same as It Ever Was: Anti-Choice Extremism and the "Third Way"p. 209
Women over Ideologyp. 231
Part 4 Practitioners and Clinic Support
Dissolving Fear, Fostering Trust: Lessons from Life in Abortion Carep. 239
"Do you think I will go to hell for this?"p. 243
Countering Shame with Compassion: The Role of the Abortion Counsellorp. 247
Women Judging Women: Whose Reasons Are "Good Enough"? Whose Choice Is OK?p. 255
Therapeutic Abortion: A Nonnegotiable Women's Rightp. 257
On Becoming an Abortion provider: An Interviewp. 261
Part 5 Sites of Struggle
The Myth of Reproductive Choice: A Call for Radical Changep. 277
Sex-Selective Abortion and the Politics of Race in Multicultural Canadap. 289
The Public Pregnancy: How the Fetal Debut and the Public Health Paradigm Affect Pregnancy Practicep. 305
A Harm-Reduction Approach to Abortionp. 317
The Unfinished Revolutionp. 333
List of Contributorsp. 349

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