It is about time, forty years after Roe v. Wade, to finally demystify abortion. One-third of all American women will have an abortion by the time they are 45, and most of those women are already mothers. Yet, the topic remains taboo. Even amidst MTV’s 16 & Pregnant, depictions of or even discussion about abortion remains almost nonexistent. In this provocative book, Sarah Erdreich gives us a new way of thinking about abortion–one based in the reality of women’s lives.
Generation Roe delves into phenomena such as “abortion-recovery counseling,” “crisis pregnancy centers,” and the infamous anti-choice “black children are an endangered species” billboards; it tells the stories of those who face threats on their lives to pursue careers in this stigmatized field; outlines the outrageous legislative battle grounds that have popped up all over the country; and takes to task pro-choice activists for allowing the very words used in the debate to be controlled by anti-choice rhetoric (such as the term “pro-life”).
Inextricably tangled in autonomy, privacy, and sexuality, the abortion issue remains home base for the culture wars in America. Yet, there is more common ground than meets the eye, when so many Americans, in all honesty, have made that choice, and many more want to have that choice. Erdreich holds the antidote to the usual debates, and redirects the dialogue to face reality, speak honestly, and hold abortion up, unabashedly, as a moral and fundamental human right.
“Before and after Roe v. Wade, a third of all American women have needed an abortion at some time in their lives, yet instead of a subject of health care, this has become subject of secrecy. To break the spell, read Generation Roe by Sarah Erdreich. She replaces lies with honesty and myth with reality.” — Gloria Steinem
“Finally: A smart book about abortion that doesn’t hew to a party line. … Generation Roe challenges readers to ask themselves what kind of pro-choice movement they want to have and build, and what kind of world they want to live in. It’s a fantastic overview of the issues facing the movement today, and the people on the front lines of the culture war over reproductive rights. A must-have for readers interested in reproductive rights subjects, particularly those who wish to expand the scope and nature of the debate to make it more inclusive of the larger picture.” — Bitch Magazine
“Sarah Erdreich’s Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement … adds a distinct and worthwhile voice to the canon. Yes, the book is informative and you will learn quite a few things. Better yet, it’s fun to read a passionate younger woman write a whole book that she says was inspired by a 2009 New York Times article titled “Where to Pass the Torch?” … Generation Roe provides a savvy overview of how abortion came to be so inaccessible, marginalized, and stigmatized while disproving the tired media trope that ‘young women don’t care about abortion.’”— Erin Matson, RH Reality Check
“In several sagaciously researched essays, Erdreich presents some of the voices of women who choose abortion and why. An honest probing of law, public perception and conscience in the abortion debate.” — Kirkus Reviews
“In her first book, journalist and women’s health advocate Erdreich delivers a passionate study of the past, current, and future state of the pro-choice movement in America… This is a thoughtful and comprehensive treatment of one side of an emotionally charged topic.”-Publishers Weekly
“Sarah Erdreich zeroes in on the central paradox of abortion in America: one in three women will have at least one abortion by menopause, but the anti-choice movement is scoring victory after victory. Stigma and shame–and, let’s not forget, fear of anti-choice violence-keep too many women from speaking out even as their rights are whittled away. Can the young activists of Generation Roe revitalize the pro-choice movement? If you want to know what they’re thinking, this book is a great place to begin.”-Katha Pollitt, author of Reasonable Creatures
“Each generation experiences the battles for reproductive choice uniquely. Sarah Erdreich digs into our current terrain-one of crisis pregnancy centers, the lulling effect of Roe, and the introduction of a new cadre of young activists online-to illustrate the morality and urgency that animate the right to abortion.”-Jennifer Baumgardner, author of ManifestA and Abortion & Life
Listed as a “Great Read for Winter” in Ms. Magazine, Winter 2013 issue