this book does not address whether abortion should be legal or anything like that, but gave some valuable information about the history of abortion in America, and I learned quite a bit about the origins of the pro-life and pro-choice movements, as well as the differences in the way pro-choice and pro-life activists see the world. The author interviewed activists from both sides and discussed the way they came to their views and why they felt the way they did. I am a pretty untypical pro-life person, so I only related to some of what she said about pro-lifers, but it was really interesting seeing how people with different views on abortion have different ways of looking at so many other issues and how they perceive things.
I feel I gained a lot of knowledge by reading this about why people are pro-choice or pro-life. The book is old but I think much of the same still applies. I have read many books by abortion that CLAIM to be unbiased but clearly aren't- in this one, I really think she did a great job of treating both sides fairly. I have read the whole thing, and I honestly can't tell what the author thinks about abortion, whether is it right or wrong.
New York Times Book Review
Demonstrates that the controversy derives its intensity not from differences of ideology or religion but from the radically antithetical social circumstances of the combatants. The abortion debate is unlikely to find a more intelligent or compassionate chronicler.
Marion S. Goldman, American Journal of Sociology
"One of the most important sociology books of the decade. In addressing crucial public policy issues in an engrossing and accessible manner, she has attracted an attentive audience that extends far beyond academic sociology."