Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781786991300 Will Publish December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991317 Will Publish December 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Happy Abortions

Our Bodies in the Era of Choice

Erica Millar

Happy Abortions

Erica Millar

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781786991300 Will Publish December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991317 Will Publish December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
When it comes to the subject of abortion, today’s liberal rhetoric has produced an atmosphere common-sense that is simultaneously pro-choice and yet, anti-abortion, a contradiction that often overlooks what the choice to have an abortion entails and how this decision is experienced by women. While progressives verbally support the notion of choice, the idea that abortion could or should be a positive experience for women is rarely discussed in our socio-political landscape.
 
In this careful and intelligent work, Erica Millar shows how the emotions of abortion have been constructed in sharp contrast to the ideals we have created of motherhood as the unassailable symbol for women’s happiness. Through an analysis of the cultural and political forces that continue to influence the decisions women make about their pregnancies, forces that are frequently synonymous with the rhetoric of choice, Millar argues for a radical reinterpretation of women’s freedom. 
 
Review Quotes
Loretta Ross, cofounder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
“The meanings ascribed by society to women’s reproductive decisions do not necessarily portray our actual emotions. Millar’s book celebrates that abortion, like childbirth, can be a joyful experience when achieving reproductive justice through human rights.”
Katrina Kimport, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
“An important contribution to the literature on abortion. Millar’s evocative book critically examines political and movement discourses, with attention to gender, race, class, and nation, exposing the anti-abortion framings that permeate all sides of the debate.”
Ann Furedi, chief executive, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
“An exciting and unique edition to the literature on reproductive choice. It challenges the framing of abortion across the political spectrum and throughout the modern world, and forces a reappraisal of our thinking. Furthermore—it’s a darn good read!”
Sally Sheldon, Kent University
“This compelling dissection of the emotional common sense of abortion offers a crucial step towards rejecting the ‘awfulization’ of abortion.  Ending a pregnancy is revealed for what it has always been: an inevitable and normal part of women's lives.”
Sinéad Kennedy, secretary, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment (Ireland)
“A provocative and important book that every pro-choice advocate should read. Millar reminds us that abortion is a normal fact of life and a social good. This shouldn’t be a radical claim but, in a world where abortions rights are under attack, it is.”
Pam Lowe, Aston University
“In this thoughtful and well-written book, Erica Millar deconstructs the emotional discourses surrounding abortion. A sophisticated and timely work that should be essential reading for all those interested or working in the area of abortion, as well as activists and academics.”
Barbara Baird, Flinders University
“Offers a carefully crafted bundle of feminist ideas that enable new insights into the politics of choice. Invaluable reading for students, scholars, and abortion activists seeking to deploy feminist analysis in service of the urgent need to enable and improve access to abortion for all who need it.”
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