For those of us who participated in the struggle for abortion the growing threats to a woman’s right to control her own body are more than a chill wind blowing. In the public discourse the fetus has been elevated to an equal status with a living, breathing human being. More and more, women are viewed as the enemy of children, requiring the State’s intervention to protect their developing children from them. But, in reality, women still conceive, nurture, give birth to and, in most cases, are the primary caregivers of children. Women are being reduced, once again, to the incubators of future generations with total responsibility, but no power. That is the same oppressive view that the women’s movement sought to challenge. It is not just abortion, but women’s power to control their destinies that is at stake.
The Story Of Jane, the Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan