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Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich

Introduction by Barbara Herbert, MD

The new Our Bodies, Ourselves calls menstrual extraction (ME) "a powerful example of medical research done by women on and for ourselves." As the safest and most effective of the techniques that can be performed on women by women, independently of any legal restrictions that may be imposed on doctors in the coming months and years, menstrual extraction is today at the center of the raging abortion debate, serving both symbolically and practically as the line of first defense against recent rollbacks of women's reproductive rights in the nation's courts.

A Woman's Book of Choices chronicles the history of ME, the currently accepted standard of ME practice, and its legal ramifications, and offers accounts of actual ME procedures. In this book, activist Rebecca Chalker and lawyer Carol Downer also describe the whole range of other abortion alternatives, from state-of-the-art clinical abortions to folk remedies, for women who may be considering terminating a pregnancy. In addition, there is a comprehensive chapter that is directed to medical personnel who may be providing abortion care, and a chapter on the French-developed abortion pill, RU-486 (Mifepristone).

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A Woman's Book of Choices is the most important book on reproductive rights ever written. Other books will tell you about the history of abortion rights and the struggle to preserve them. This book tells you how to get them.”

“Perhaps the most important book ever written on women's rights and women's lives.”

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CAROL DOWNER is a lawyer and author who has focused her career on abortion rights. She is a cofounder of the Feminist Women's Health Center in Los Angeles, California and the co-author of A Woman's Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486

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REBECCA CHALKER is an internationally renowned women’s health writer and activist, and her books include The Complete Cervical Cap Guide, Overcoming Bladder Disorders, and A Woman’s Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486. Chalker is also the editor of A New View of a Woman’s Body and How to Stay Out of the Gynecologist’s Office. Her articles have appeared in Ms., the Village Voice, and Self, as well as several peer-reviewed academic journals. Chalker teaches at Pace University and lives in New York City.