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Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights. With the White House acting in anti-choice lockstep with the majorities in both House and S Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights. With the White House acting in anti-choice lockstep with the majorities in both House and Senate, religious extremists are now in key decision-making posts, our federal judiciary is filled with recent appointees whose values are drastically out of step with the pro-choice sentiments of the majority of the American people, abstinence-only sex education is now the rule, ideology has trumped science in domestic and global health policy, and the Supreme Court balance in favor of reproductive freedoms is perilously close to toppling. But while many of the individual facts are known, no one until now has connected all the dots and drawn the Big Picture that shows exactly how radical and how successful this quiet revolution has been. Judge by judge, law by law, and appointee by appointee, The War on Choice speaks the truth about what is happening, and also tells the stories of some of the women whose lives have been affected by these court decisions and federal policies. A keen analysis of current events, combined with a hands-on plan of action for those who want to raise their voices in protest, this book will be riveting reading. And there is no one better equipped to write about the insidious, step-by step chipping away of rights, or about what we can do to fight back, than Gloria Feldt, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her thirty years of work with the organization combined with her personal experience - as a woman who came out of the same West Texas political landscape as did George W. Bush but faced a very different economic and social reality as the mother of three children by the age of 20 make her the ideal spokeswoman for those who are alarmed by the current political climate.? This book will be a wake-up call, describing in jaw-dropping detail the story of what the anti-choice movement is doing to the rights to birth control, abortion and privacy.?


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Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights. With the White House acting in anti-choice lockstep with the majorities in both House and S Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights. With the White House acting in anti-choice lockstep with the majorities in both House and Senate, religious extremists are now in key decision-making posts, our federal judiciary is filled with recent appointees whose values are drastically out of step with the pro-choice sentiments of the majority of the American people, abstinence-only sex education is now the rule, ideology has trumped science in domestic and global health policy, and the Supreme Court balance in favor of reproductive freedoms is perilously close to toppling. But while many of the individual facts are known, no one until now has connected all the dots and drawn the Big Picture that shows exactly how radical and how successful this quiet revolution has been. Judge by judge, law by law, and appointee by appointee, The War on Choice speaks the truth about what is happening, and also tells the stories of some of the women whose lives have been affected by these court decisions and federal policies. A keen analysis of current events, combined with a hands-on plan of action for those who want to raise their voices in protest, this book will be riveting reading. And there is no one better equipped to write about the insidious, step-by step chipping away of rights, or about what we can do to fight back, than Gloria Feldt, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her thirty years of work with the organization combined with her personal experience - as a woman who came out of the same West Texas political landscape as did George W. Bush but faced a very different economic and social reality as the mother of three children by the age of 20 make her the ideal spokeswoman for those who are alarmed by the current political climate.? This book will be a wake-up call, describing in jaw-dropping detail the story of what the anti-choice movement is doing to the rights to birth control, abortion and privacy.?

30 review for The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannagustafson

    There are few things that get me worked into a tizzy (which is an awesome word BTW), and antichoice actions and pro-choice rights are one of them. Who says a white man in a suit can judge how a woman handles the body? Besides, it is not a perfect world, I not anyone else is here to make someone else's decision. It takes a lifetime of experiences to guide us and determine how we get to our end point. There are few things that get me worked into a tizzy (which is an awesome word BTW), and antichoice actions and pro-choice rights are one of them. Who says a white man in a suit can judge how a woman handles the body? Besides, it is not a perfect world, I not anyone else is here to make someone else's decision. It takes a lifetime of experiences to guide us and determine how we get to our end point.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carli

    Gloria Feldt herself gave me this book last week after a fantastic panel discussion about feminism. How appropriate to be reading this just as the US House of Representatives passes an amendment to the healthcare "reform" bill that is the most retrogressive limitation on women's access to comprehensive health care in decades! Call your congresspeople today and urge Senators to turn down any similar language in their version of the bill. When you call your Representative, urge them to sign the le Gloria Feldt herself gave me this book last week after a fantastic panel discussion about feminism. How appropriate to be reading this just as the US House of Representatives passes an amendment to the healthcare "reform" bill that is the most retrogressive limitation on women's access to comprehensive health care in decades! Call your congresspeople today and urge Senators to turn down any similar language in their version of the bill. When you call your Representative, urge them to sign the letter of protest being circulated by Rep. Diana Degette saying they will not vote for a bill that contains this attack on women's health and rights! Visit www.house.gov to find out who your congresspeople are and how to contact them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    The only reason for 3 stars is because the book was written before consolidated war against women's contraceptive rights began to sweep through the country. The loss of access to contraceptives would have profound impact on our way of life today: The entrance of women into the workforce, the ability to decide when and how many children a family could have, and the burgeoning care of health care in the country. I wonder if the companies who feel they shouldn't have to pay for birth control have co The only reason for 3 stars is because the book was written before consolidated war against women's contraceptive rights began to sweep through the country. The loss of access to contraceptives would have profound impact on our way of life today: The entrance of women into the workforce, the ability to decide when and how many children a family could have, and the burgeoning care of health care in the country. I wonder if the companies who feel they shouldn't have to pay for birth control have considered how much employee health costs if they had to pay for more and more pregnancies and births. Not only women, but also men should fight back against this attack women and against the American way of life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I haven't technically finished this yet. I'm not even close. I have to read it in stages because I get so riled up about it that I start having pretend fights with pro-lifers in my car on the way to work if I don't take it in stages. If I could control my anger towards the people who oppose this movement, I would be a much more forgiving person, but I'm not and I can't and I never want to be. I haven't technically finished this yet. I'm not even close. I have to read it in stages because I get so riled up about it that I start having pretend fights with pro-lifers in my car on the way to work if I don't take it in stages. If I could control my anger towards the people who oppose this movement, I would be a much more forgiving person, but I'm not and I can't and I never want to be.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tamra

    I like the idea of this book – a history of the struggle for reproductive rights and a practical guide to what individuals can do to protect those rights. Unfortunately, the book itself had some major flaws. One – was it just me, or was her style of writing really disjointed? It seemed like there should have been a pretty obvious linear flow, but she skipped backwards and forwards and just wasn’t at all cohesive. Two – The book itself is really out of date and it desperately needs a website. Three I like the idea of this book – a history of the struggle for reproductive rights and a practical guide to what individuals can do to protect those rights. Unfortunately, the book itself had some major flaws. One – was it just me, or was her style of writing really disjointed? It seemed like there should have been a pretty obvious linear flow, but she skipped backwards and forwards and just wasn’t at all cohesive. Two – The book itself is really out of date and it desperately needs a website. Three – This is my big issue… The war on choice itself relies on emotional/belief-based arguments (what does it mean to be alive? what is human?) that are falsely disguised as rational/fact-based arguments (when is a fetus viable? how do you define a person under the law?). The pro-choice movement has been really good at dealing with the rational issues, but has been terrible about letting the anti-choice people completely control the emotional/belief-based side of things. In this book, Feldt doesn’t really address the core emotional arguments that the anti-choicers make, and until we reclaim a LOT of the cultural territory that we have ceded, all reproductive rights will be at risk.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This book seemed like it would be interesting, but most of the issues it focused on have changed slightly in terms of legislation since 2004 when the book was written (ie, the Supreme Court upheld the "partial birth" abortion ban; and now Obama's the president and there's no more Global Gag rule). So it was somewhat outdated, and a lot of the information in here is stuff I've been following closely online anyway. It's somehow in that category of too old to be current and too new to be historical This book seemed like it would be interesting, but most of the issues it focused on have changed slightly in terms of legislation since 2004 when the book was written (ie, the Supreme Court upheld the "partial birth" abortion ban; and now Obama's the president and there's no more Global Gag rule). So it was somewhat outdated, and a lot of the information in here is stuff I've been following closely online anyway. It's somehow in that category of too old to be current and too new to be historically interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Thorough and easy to read, Ms. Feldt digs deep in her treatise on the notion of abortion being under fire. Contrary to what many think, the attacks didn’t start under the Bush administration but began immediately after the decision to allow abortions was ratified into law. Showing the topic from many different viewpoints, the book is egalitarian, balanced and even in tone. It sounds a clear warning about this right that has come under such vicious attack and remains controversial even in the 21s Thorough and easy to read, Ms. Feldt digs deep in her treatise on the notion of abortion being under fire. Contrary to what many think, the attacks didn’t start under the Bush administration but began immediately after the decision to allow abortions was ratified into law. Showing the topic from many different viewpoints, the book is egalitarian, balanced and even in tone. It sounds a clear warning about this right that has come under such vicious attack and remains controversial even in the 21st century.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Avory

    This isn't a bad overview of some of the issues involved with reproductive rights and some of the activist efforts that are taking place. However, I found it a bit slow and dry. It's a lot of preaching to the choir, and gets repetitive. It's definitely geared towards adult activists, not youth or those who need convincing. This isn't a bad overview of some of the issues involved with reproductive rights and some of the activist efforts that are taking place. However, I found it a bit slow and dry. It's a lot of preaching to the choir, and gets repetitive. It's definitely geared towards adult activists, not youth or those who need convincing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lacie Carmody

    I picked this book up, as part of Ms. Magazine's 100 nonfiction books to read, and I was stunned at how relevant Feldt's argument and points are even today. I'll be honest, the text can be a bit dry at times, but the facts in this book particularly the way the conversation regarding reproductive rights has been hijacked are extremely important. This is definitely worth checking out. I picked this book up, as part of Ms. Magazine's 100 nonfiction books to read, and I was stunned at how relevant Feldt's argument and points are even today. I'll be honest, the text can be a bit dry at times, but the facts in this book particularly the way the conversation regarding reproductive rights has been hijacked are extremely important. This is definitely worth checking out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    It took me forever to review this book because it took me forever to read it. This book was a lot of repeating things I already knew. It didn't keep my attention. I'd recommend this book to someone who is pro choice and wants to help the cause but doesn't know what to do yet. It took me forever to review this book because it took me forever to read it. This book was a lot of repeating things I already knew. It didn't keep my attention. I'd recommend this book to someone who is pro choice and wants to help the cause but doesn't know what to do yet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    Good book but unfortunately quickly outdated, like most all of the political books I've read. This stops at 2004 right before crucial legislation is passed, and now that Obama is President, even more is changing. Good book but unfortunately quickly outdated, like most all of the political books I've read. This stops at 2004 right before crucial legislation is passed, and now that Obama is President, even more is changing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    This is for you if you are a woman or a man with a freaking clue that we live a patriarchal society with crazy right-wings trying to control our bodies. And goes to show that the sneaky underhanded actions they are trying push through will never work and what we can do to fight back.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily Evans

    Even though this book was written a few years ago, the issues we faced then are still present today. Anyone who is at all interested in Reproductive Rights, this is a must-read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meesh

    A bit much but informative

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hanson

    enlightening frightening

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Great book. Give you hope.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caberet

    This book is action-packed, in this book i was hooked from the beginning.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This seems like a great book for someone who wants to learn about the anti-abortion rights movement--a little redundant for me after already studying this topic for years!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aasellers

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon McGunn

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 4 out of 5

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    Lucinda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Renee

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

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