By Jennifer Baumgardner
"If Jennifer Baumgardner ever wishes one other mother, i will be the 1st in line to undertake her. She's shrewdpermanent, fearless, and a powerful strength for change."
—Barbara Ehrenreich, writer of Nickel and Dimed
In Abortion & Life, writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner unearths how the main arguable and stigmatized ideal court docket selection of our time cuts throughout eras, sessions, and race. beautiful pictures through photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folks singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating money owed in their personal abortion experiences.
In this daring new paintings, Baumgardner explores a number of the thorniest concerns round terminating a being pregnant, together with those that the pro-choice institution has been the least delicate or potent in confronting.
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4 million), of American women of reproductive age depend on Medicaid for their health coverage. Medicaid pays for two of every five births (thirtynine percent). A first-trimester abortion costs on average around $350. Some fifty-eight percent of abortions occur within the first eight weeks, while eighty-nine percent occur within the first twelve weeks (Centers for Disease Control, 2000). A second-trimester abortion—eleven percent of procedures occur within the thirteenth to twentieth week—usually runs about $1,200 to $1,800.
Emily Jane Goodman, now a New York State Supreme Court Judge, was a young lawyer in 1970 filing amicus briefs that had resulted in New York becoming one of the first states to allow abortion. “I remember the lawyers on the New York abortion case wishing we’d gotten to go to the Supreme Court,” says Goodman. ” The tide was beginning to turn. That year, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, two lawyers in Austin, Texas, put together a case with a sole plaintiff— a twenty-two-year-old woman with a hard-knock life, two previous children she wasn’t able to raise, and an unwanted pregnancy.
The Supreme Court decision introduced the concept of abortion without apology and full childbearing choice into law. , she was crazy or had been raped) of the choice to abort an unwanted pregnancy in the first trimester. ) Still, this liberating concept within the decision—that a woman could decide herself whether she would continue with the pregnancy—was part of a huge cultural shift occurring more generally in the 1970s. Not only were women able to control their fertility, they could now participate more fully as decision makers in our society.