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474 pages
Jan 2006

ProLife Feminism: Yesterday And Today

by Mary Krane Derr, et al

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This is strong stuff. Don’t sit back with a cup of tea and a cookie to enjoy a good read. You’ll probably spill your tea. Some of the biographies and articles in Pro-Life Feminism are from Christians, but whether from a Christian or a non-Christian they are all from those who oppose abortion and are proponents of feminism.

Part one of this book looks at historical figures, beginning in the 1700s with Mary Wollstonecraft who, besides writing Frankenstein, was at the forefront of the movement to help women. Elizabeth Stanton from the 1800s will make you crumble your cookies with a dissertation on infanticide and prostitution. This section continues with a large group of very sincere women up to the middle 1900s and Dorothy Day with her description of labor, during which she kicked a nurse in the behind.

The second part of this book takes you from the 1960s to the present. This section includes articles and first-person experiences with which we definitely identify. Here is just a sample of what is included in this section: articles explaining pro-life feminism; a letter from a women’s prison; an article titled, “Better Living (for men) Through Surgery (for women)”; another one titled, “The Euthanasia/Abortion Connection”; American Indian thoughts on these subjects; and international articles. Pro-Life Feminism has a large index, and a section of notes that works as an exhaustive bibliography.

It took a while to get through this book, both because it is long, and because it is strong, but I am very glad I read it. There is a lot to learn herein, a lot of food for further thought. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Is abortion on "demand" a woman's right, or a wrong inflicted on women? Is it a mark of liberation, or a sign that women are not yet free? From Anglo-Irish writer Mary Wollstonecraft to Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, many eighteenth- through twenty-first-century feminists have opposed it as violence against fetal lives arising from violence against female lives. This more inclusive, surprisingly old-but-new vision of reproductive choice is called prolife feminism.

This book's original edition in 1995 offered brilliant essays on abortion and related social justice issues by the likes of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. A decade of activism and research since has made this second, greatly expanded second edition necessary. It not only documents the continuing evolution of prolife feminism worldwide, but more accurately represents the rich diversity of past and present women--and men--who have stood up for both mother and child. It thus is a vital, unique resource for peacemaking in the increasingly globalized abortion war.