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Scarlet A

The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion

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Although statistically common, and legal since 1973, abortion still bears significant stigmaa proverbial scarlet A. Fear of this stigma leads most of the women and men who are part of the 21% of American pregnancies that end in abortion to remain silent. This paperback edition brings the story of ordinary abortion out of the shadows and invites a new conversation about its actual practice, ethics, politics, and law. Professor Katie Watson lends her incisive legal
and medical ethics expertise to navigate wisely and respectfully one of the most divisive topics of contemporary life.
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Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal The role this book plays in bringing ordinary abortion to the fore, telling its story and casting the spotlight on its many beneficiaries, is invaluable to anyone involved in or looking to join the debate about abortion in the 21st century.

Mara Buchbinder, Hastings Center Report In this brilliant new book, Watson draws on legal proceedings, bioethics literature, and personal experience; offers cultural and literary analysis; and uses her unique vantage point as a lawyer, bioethicist, and medical educator to develop a thought-provoking and thoroughly fresh perspective on one of the most divisive moral issues of our time.

Anu Kumar, Conscience [E]xcellent ... Watson has a gift for explaining complex arguments in a simple, easy to understand manner. ... Watson's book is an important contribution to the growing literature on abortion stigma and the moral case for abortion, and its accessible language will make it an excellent text for classrooms and book clubs. Watson's writing style is personal and engaging, making the book a pleasure to read. The ideas it contains are complex and subtle, but the writing is
direct and honest.

New York Times As a guide to the various ways of thinking about abortion, "Scarlet A" is readable and respectful - and therefore, in its own quiet way, revolutionary.

The Chicago Tribune The book is a thoughtful and engaging consideration of one of this country's most controversial words: abortion.

Carole Joffe, University of California, San Francisco
In this refreshingly accessible book Katie Watson, invites readers to a conversation about 'ordinary abortion'-that is, the vast majority of abortions that take place in the U.S. With immense intelligence and sensitivity, and considerable wit, Watson offers new ways to think about this complex issue, and, importantly, urges readers to continue this conversation with their neighbors and friends.

that of a 'routine' and commonly performed procedure. She deftly explores why women often have this procedure and yet don't speak of it openly. The more perspectives we explore and the more we open our minds to various ways of looking at this topic the more readily we can come to a meaningful understanding. I would encourage anyone Watson provides an important perspective of abortion that isn't regularly shared

James F. Childress, University Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia At last, a new, important, and powerful effort to improve the national abortion debate: in this book, bioethicist and lawyer Katie Watson initiates a rich conversation about the morality of ordinary legal abortion in the context of unwanted pregnancy. This illuminating book builds on the narratives and vocabulary of women's lived experience in deciding about abortion. It will captivate anyone willing to attend to the complexity and ambiguity of such decisions.

Lisa H. Harris, University of Michigan Kati...

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Katie Watson is an award-winning Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, where she has taught bioethics, medical humanities, and constitutional law to medical students and masters students for fifteen years. Professor Watson is also a lawyer who began her career clerking in the federal judiciary and practicing public interest law, and in 2017-2018 she worked part-time as Senior Counsel to the Women's and Reproductive Rights Project of the ACLU of Illinois. Professor Watson has been a Board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and she is currently on the Board of the National Abortion Federation, and a Bioethics Advisor to and Member of the National Medical Council of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


Preface to the Second Edition Introduction A Note on Terminology Pseudonyms 1. Ordinary Abortion: Common and Clandestine 2. Abortion Storytelling: Law, Masterplots, and Counter- Narratives 3. Abortion Conversation: Mapping a Minefield 4. Abortion Ethics I: Whether 5. Abortion Ethics II: When 6. Abortion Politics: Trojan Horses, Russian Dolls, and Realpolitik Epilogue