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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 book brings the story of ordinary abortion out of the shadows and invites a new conversation about its actual practice, ethics, politics, and law. 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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Alyssa M. Burgart, The American Journal of Bioethics Let Katie Watson empower your next (or first) abortion conversation, pulling back from the prevailing toxic narratives to get to the root of this deeply personal, morally rich health care right.

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.

Emerald Street A timely reminder about the importance of rational, non-emotional debate around the rights of the individual.

James F. Childress Ph.D, University Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia At last, a new, important, and powerful effort to improve the national abortion debate. 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, and it will captivate anyone willing to attend to the complexity and ambiguity of such decisions.

Lisa H. Harris M.D., Ph.D, University of Michigan Katie Watson is not afraid to acknowledge the moral complexities of abortion, even as she affirms the legal right to access it. Her writing is lively and clear, but she never underestimates readers' ability to engage in serious moral thinking. Watson will make you think about abortion in new, unforgettable ways.

Carole Joffe Ph.D., 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 urges readers to continue this conversation with their neighbors and friends.

Louise P. King M.D., J.D., Harvard Cent...

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Katie Watson is a bioethicist and lawyer who has taught bioethics, medical humanities, and constitutional law for fifteen years at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. In her role as an ethics professor, she has been elected a Board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Chair of the Ethics Committee and Board member of the National Abortion Federation, and Bioethics Advisor to and Member of the National Medical Council of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2017, she began practicing law again, joining the ACLU of Illinois as Senior Counsel for the Women's and Reproductive Rights Project.


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