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Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom

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Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom

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From two lawyers at the forefront of the reproductive rights movement, this fully updated book shares bold strategies meant to help restore and expand reproductive and sexual rights.

Reproductive freedom has never been in more dire straits. Roe v. Wade protected abortion rights and Planned Parenthood v. Casey unexpectedly preserved them. Yet in the following decades these rights have been gutted by restrictive state legislation, the appointment of hundreds of anti-abortion judges, and violence against abortion providers. Today, the ultra-conservative majority at the Supreme Court has overturned our most fundamental reproductive protections.

With Roe toppled, abortion is now a criminal offense in nearly one-third of the United States. At least six states have enacted bans on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy—before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Today, 89% of U.S. counties do not have a single abortion provider, in part due to escalating violence and intimidation aimed at disrupting services. We should all be free to make these personal and private decisions that affect our lives and wellbeing without government interference or bias, but we can no longer depend on Roe v. Wade and the federal courts to preserve our liberties.
Legal titans Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay share the story of one of the most divisive issues in American politics through behind-the-scenes personal narratives of stunning losses, hard-earned victories, and moving accounts of women and health care providers at the heart of nearly five decades of legal battles. Kolbert and Kay propose audacious new strategies inspired by medical advances, state-level protections, human rights models, and activists across the globe whose courage and determination are making a difference. 

No more banging our heads against the Court’s marble walls. It is time for a new direction.

Kathryn Kolbert has had a long and distinguished career advancing women’s rights. In 1992, she made her second appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the landmark case that has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade. A co-founder of the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Athena Film Festival, she also created NPR’s Justice Talking and the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College. 

Julie F. Kay began her legal career at the Center for Reproductive Rights and has spent the ensuing decades developing innovative legal and policy initiatives to advance gender equity in the U.S. and internationally. The legal challenge she brought against Ireland’s abortion ban before European Court of Human Rights helped lay the groundwork for the legalization of abortion in Ireland. Kay fights for legal reform to protect the parenting rights of people leaving ultra-religious communities and for telemedicine abortion access nationwide. She is the Executive Director of the Abortion Coalition for Telemedicine, a national organization working to make safe, legal, and affordable telemedicine abortion available anywhere in the US, regardless of a person's income.

ISBN: 9780306925641

ISBN-10: 9780306925641

Publisher: Hachette Books

Publication Date: 01/02/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/02/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 320

Language: English


Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory

Social Science / Abortion & Birth Control

History / United States / 21st Century

Political Science / American Government / Judicial Branch