August 19, 2013
Sarah Erdreich author of Generation Roe, is a contributor to The Huffington Post, her latest article, fro August 12, 2013, published in the Politics section is called, “Post Abortion-Syndrome: The Solution in Search of a Problem”
Is the way you feel after having an abortion means for creating laws that prohibit it? Studies show that
“the vast majority of women that had an abortion felt that they had made the right decision. Researchers examined data from 843 women that sought abortion care between 2008 and 2010; of those that were able to obtain the procedure, 90 percent percent felt relief one week after the abortion, and 80 percent of those that reported having primarily negative emotions about their abortion still felt that they had made the right choice.” – University of California, San Francisco.
Erdreich explains that because there were reports of any negative emotions, never mind the fact that these emotions could come from multiple factors, abusive relationships, interpersonal violence, economic hardship, etc. She explains that multiple anti-choice organization promotes the idea that “that if a woman feels mixed emotions following an abortion, then that automatically means that no woman should ever have an abortion.” This idea has fueled campaigns, despite the fact that there is no conclusive evidence that states that woman are “psychologically or physically harmed from a legal, safe abortion.”
She exclaims “it’s not hard to see why such a stunningly simplistic and intellectually lazy explanation has won support from anti-choice politicians and activists.”
To read her full article click here.
To read more of Erdreich’s opinions check out her book: Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
Strong support among women was key to Obama’s reelection. At the start of his second term, it is time for Barack Obama, forty years after Roe v. Wade, to finally help lead us to 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. In this provocative book on the heels of the Planned Parenthood controversy, Sarah Erdreich presents the antidote to the usual abortion debates.
Inextricably connected to issues of autonomy, privacy, and sexuality, the abortion debate remains home base for the culture wars in America. Yet, there is more common ground than meets the eye in favor of choice. 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 risk their lives to pursue careers in this stigmatized field. And it outlines the outrageous legislative battles that are being waged against abortion rights all over the country. With an inspiring spirit and a forward-looking approach, Erdreich holds 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