Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic by Wendy Simonds

By Wendy Simonds

How do feminist identification and abortion politics intersect? particularly, what does feminism suggest to girls operating to feminist well-being care and abortion providers within the past due Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties? What are the ideological outcomes and emotional tolls of doing such paintings in a adverse socio-cultural surroundings? Can feminism and paperwork coexist productively? How do feminists confront the anti-feminist competition, from anti-abortion protesters open air to racism inside feminist organizations?

These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds files the methods in which employees at a feminist medical institution build compelling feminist visions, and in addition watch their beliefs fall brief in perform. Simonds translates those women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to express what feminism can achieve via rethinking abortion using those activists' phrases. In completely enticing prose, Simonds frames her research with a relocating account of her personal own figuring out of the issues.

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They will become annoyed and perhaps outraged as they read things that they know to be simply and completely wrong" (xiii). Ginsburg writes, "I have made every effort to respect the integrity of both positions in the abortion debate, as I understand them. . It is not my place or task in this book to take a partisan position" (xi). Later on, she tells how activists on both sides believed her to be one of theirs, based on their interpretations of a television documentary she produced on the Fargo conflict in 1982.

During my senior Page 5 year and before I ever had intercourse, I was fitted for a diaphragm; my mother encouraged this when my sexual activity seemed imminent. ) None of my friends in high school discussed abortion. Possibly they may have been careful or fortunate in not getting pregnant, but I doubt this was true for everyone. Not until I was in college in the early 1980s did I meet women who talked openly about abortion. I became involved in feminist groups, which seemed to foster intimate friendships that broke down some of the walls that had been built so sturdily during earlier years.

At the clinic where I worked, abortion counselors were discouraged by the management from engaging in long sessions with clients or staying with them during their abortions. If we took our time or left our offices, the clinic slowed down, and the average waiting time could creep to two hours or more. The work was draining; I often felt overwhelmed by the intensity of clients' apprehensions and unhappiness. Most of the counselors didn't like dealing with women who had had several abortions; they saw them as irresponsible at best or, at worst, stupid.

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