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My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights
by Robinson Stevenson
Published on May 7th, 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
How’s the writing? ★★★★★
The writing in this was primarily formal, but not in a flat, incommunicable way. The chapters were all transitioned really well and the writing was smooth so that ends and beginnings of chapters were not abrupt.
Was this educational/informal? ★★★★★
I learned so much while reading this book. Our current state of society has politics on the minds of many people daily, and I’m certainly one of them. With that being said, I try most often to base my own personal stances around as many facts as possible. I don’t like to go into a discussion without knowing what I’m talking about. Therefore, I really like to know the facts, and honestly thought myself to already be pretty educated on the topic of abortion in the United States. However, I will admit that Robinson Stevenson completely schooled me in the subject and I am grateful. There was an abundance of statistics and references to Women’s Rights movements that I had no idea about! Since this is so educational, I would even recommend it to readers who are pro-life. The author is very careful to not include personal biases, so at no point is there any lecturing going on. In fact, the book is set up quite like a textbook, so you are just being presented with facts, statistics, references, etc! It cannot hurt to be educated on the topic, no matter where you stand!
Was the information credible? ★★★★★
Because this book is meant to be informative, it is insanely important for everything to credible! The author references a multitude of information, and a full list of cited works is placed in the back of the book. Readers can find all of the information written into the book on their own accord (if they wanted to).
How personal was this? Did it include any biases? ★★★★★
We all know that abortion is currently a very controversial topic. I’m not going to state my stance and I don’t want any of you to, either, because this book was not about persuading people on to one side! The author did not share her own personal stance with this, though I think that from the title and her urge to write the book itself probably makes it pretty obvious. However, she kept her own feelings out of the pages in order to give the reader a full educational experience. That is why I think that this book could benefit anyone on any side. Many people won’t reach for this because they may think it will be leftist propaganda trying to convince them to think differently. It won’t!
Was this intersectional? ★★★★★
I truly cannot explain how happy I was to read something so entirely inclusive! This book talks a lot about the history of the fight for abortion rights, and it explicitly discusses women of color, undocumented women, trans men, non-binary people, and disabled women! It talks about their fight and statistics based solely on their experiences with reproduction rights.
“All these people- encompassing all ages, religions, nationalities, beliefs and life circumstances- have one thing in common. They are pregnant and they do not want to be.”
How relevant is this topic to society as a whole? ★★★★★
I’m actually not sure that this could be anymore relevant to our society here in the United States! The author had already written this book before US citizens starting to see the new restrictive laws that states are creating and enforcing on abortion, so she had no idea that when this book was going to be published, the whole nation would be in debate on the topic. People have, of course, disagreed on the topic for a long time, but it seems like this book couldn’t have come out at a better time. I also think that it’s incredibly relevant to those living in other countries, as abortion is still criminalized all over the world.
How relevant is this topic to the feminist movement? ★★★★★
Feminists everywhere are fighting for reproductive rights. This is not an issue for the few, but for the many.
My final reaction
I have to say… I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started to read this book. I had no idea what to expect. My overall experience with this was very positive, though, and I’ll tell you why: I learned so much. I learned about reproductive rights in other countries, about the historical fights for these rights in countries beyond my own, about the statistics that show that abortion was more common in the 1800s than it is now, or how marginalized women may have entirely different experiences with abortion than white or rich women. I learned more than I ever expected to, and I think that a book with the intent of informing that succeeds in doing so without bias deserves recognition. The author does not intend to persuade you… instead, she aims to educate you, and that is exactly what she does. You can read this book and learn from it regardless of where you stand on the topic.