My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights

176p. illus. photos. (Orca Issues). Orca. May 2019. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781459817128.
Gr 7 Up—While one in four women in North America has an abortion by age 45, there is still an immense stigma around this usually low-risk medical procedure. This text explains why stigma still exists as well as the past, present, and future of abortion rights worldwide. This guide first discusses what abortions are and the types usually performed. Stevenson then delves into the history of abortion, and the fight for abortion rights in North America and across the globe. Following this breakdown, the writer explains how and why abortion rights have been fought against, followed by highlighting medical professionals and students who have supported the right to choose, abortion myths and facts, and the religious community's and government's impact on reproductive rights. More importantly, readers learn how racist and sexist attitudes and laws still unfairly impact an individual's right and ability to obtain birth control or have a safe abortion. The guide concludes with personal stories of individuals who have had abortions and addresses that there are communities often left out of the conversation. Readers will appreciate and find value in the colorful photographs and illustrations, quotes, and comics provided and will finish the guide feeling empowered. Youth will be armed with concrete tips and advice on how they can help fight against abortion stigma and support their right and others' right to make this important decision for themselves.
VERDICT This comprehensive, empowering, and accessible resource will be of great use to teens interested in learning more about reproductive rights either for school or for personal knowledge.

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