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The Nation's Katha Pollitt on Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
Date Tuesday October 21
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Berkeley Arts & Letters at the Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley CA 94709
Event Type Speaker
Co-sponsored by the Felker Magazine Center at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism
Tuesday, October 21
PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

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, 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.

“An impassioned, persuasive case for understanding [abortion] in its proper context…With wit and logic, Pollitt debunks the many myths surrounding abortion, and analyzes what abortion opponents really oppose: namely, women’s growing sexual freedom and power….With arguments that are both lucid and sensible, Pollitt successfully reframes the abortion debate to show that, ‘in the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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. She lives in New York City.

7:30 PM at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley)
Advance tickets $15 general, $10 students (ID at door), at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006; $20 at the door
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Oct 1st, 2014 12:49 PM
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