Abortion Rhetoric: The Silence of Experience
Geode Tech, Inc., Apr 3, 2009 - 88 pages
This groundbreaking work is about the abortion times of the 1990's in Victoria Canada. It serves as both a chronology of activism and a reflection on the personal stories of five women. The 1990's were a time when details of actual lived experiences had yet to merge with dominant discourse on abortion. Perhaps now it can.
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This is such an original approach to this unendingly controversial subject. Walsh finds a fascinating approach to personalize the individual experiences while at the same time connecting those experiences to social and public policy.
History is full of accounts of long term stigmatization of ethnicities, political groups, individual attributes etc. Walsh adds another unjust stigma to the list.
In this book she speaks not about abortion, primarily, or even the effects and results of abortion - both much covered topics. Here she writes about how the users of legal termination procedures experience the perception of others in society. This brings the focus toward how societal attitudes impact, not just on those most directly affected, but on all of us.
The book meshes interesting anecdote with measured social and political analyisis.
Let's hope for more original approaches from this writer.