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Katha Pollitt delivers a concise, ardent argument for abortion as a right and a force for social good in conversation with MSNBC National Reporter Irin Carmon, hosted by Terri Gordon, Director of the Gender Studies Program at The New School. Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, "abortion" is still a word that is said with either outright hostility or vague discomfort by many, this despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by the time they reach menopause. Even those who support a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy often qualify their support by saying abortion is a "bad thing," an "agonizing decision," thereby placing the medical procedure on a pedestal so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is often necessary, and often welcomed, into something shameful and secretive.
In this groundbreaking book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman's reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In clear, concise arguments, Pollitt takes on the "personhood" argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman's life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for social good. This is a book for those who support abortion rights but may not be exactly sure why and those in the "muddled middle," who can't quite bring themselves to advocate whole-heartedly for its legality. Katha Pollitt, the author of Virginity or Death!, is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for her first collection of poems, Antarctic Traveller, and two National Magazine Awards for Essays and Criticism. Follow her on Twitter at @KathaPollitt.
Location: The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm
MSNBC National Reporter.
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at The New School. She received the New School Distinguished University Teaching Award in 2003 and currently working on a book project on restorative justice in Chile, South Africa and Rwanda.