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Katha Pollitt's 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights' -

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In the intervening decades, Pollitt says, the pro-choice community has become too apologetic and defensive. Forget talk of compromise: Roe, which balanced the rights of the mother with the rights of a fetus nearing viability, was the compromise. Demand sexual and economic freedom, and the notion that motherhood should be entered into with the same forethought, the same liberty, that we value in all other pursuits. And enough of the shame, wear your scarlet A with pride. You don’t even have to have had the abortion yourself. Maybe you helped scrape the money together. Or sat in the waiting room. Maybe you got somebody pregnant, and are you sure you haven’t?

Hard to believe that Roe was 40 years ago. And no progress since.

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