NEVER again. This Eye Opening Look At The Abortion Process Prior To The Supreme Court S Landmark Roe V Wade Decision OfIs Now Relevant Than Ever, With A New Introduction By The Author Revisiting History That Is Still Salient Half A Century LaterIn The Years Before Roe V Wade, Women Seeking To End Their Unwanted Pregnancies Had Limited Options Many Of Them Dangerous, Even Potentially Fatal, And Nearly All Of Them Illegal This Groundbreaking Work By Sociologist Nancy Howell Lee, First Published In , Takes An Intimate Look At The Entire Abortion Process From The Initial Decision To Terminate A Pregnancy Through The Procedure Itself And The Aftermath Providing An Incomparable View Of What Is Still One Of The Most Controversial And Divisive Issues In America Based On Interviews With One Hundred Fourteen Women Who Had Illegal Abortions, Howell Lee S Book Reveals How The Abortions Were Procured And Paid For, And Looks At The Lasting Effects The Experience Had On The Participants The Interviewees Were Open And Honest About What Influenced Their Decisions, How They Conducted Their Search For Someone To Perform The Procedure, And The Physical And Emotional Aftereffects With Many State Governments Across America Currently Passing New Legislation That Restricts And, In Many Cases, Effectively Bans Abortion, An Eventual Return To The Pre Roe Days Threatens The Well Being Of Millions Of Women, Making Nancy Howell Lee S Pioneering Study Relevant Than Ever It Is A Must Read For Pro Choice And Pro Life Adherents Alike Rather heavily statistical in parts but a very informative snapshot of abortion in 1960s America. This book is a summary of a research project related to women seeking abortions prior to the Roe v Wade decision, as the title of the book implies I believe that folks on either side of the abortion legalization debate and those who walk the middle could gain perspective from reading this book, though it s not an easy read Personally, I found its content revealing of American society at the time I am not giving this book five stars due to enjoyment I found that I gained some insight from reading it but wouldn t describe it as enjoyable at allperhaps depressing rather the five stars reflects that the book is exactly what it claims to be. The question was never should I get an abortion, but would I be able to find someone safe This book, originally published in 1969, is a quantitative study of what a woman went through pre Roe to get that abortion whether it was safe or not Sociologist Nancy Howell Lee studies 114 woman to find out how many people they spoke to to find an abortion doctor, who they spoke to, what kind of abortion they got, the aftermath for their health and relationships, who they told afterward, how information about illegal activities flows through networks, and so on Pre Roe, women risked serious danger and had few choices for their care, but it s clear from the book that the dangers were never going to stop them Despite the fact that 20% of the abortions were septic or incomplete leading to hospitalization and even near death because of these unsafe abortions, only one woman expressed regret and most of the woman said they would go out of their way to help a stranger have an abortion This is a really fascinating look let s hope a look at the past, not the future at the logistics of finding an illegal abortion.
Nancy Howell Lee, better known as Nancy Howell, is a sociologist and demographer Educated at Michigan State, University of Michigan, and Brandeis University, she obtained her PhD from the Harvard University Department of Social Relations in 1968 Her dissertation was based on the research reported in The Search for an Abortionist She taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tor
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- The Search for an Abortionist
- Nancy Howell Lee
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