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Book Review: ‘Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies’

Miriam Zoll's horrifying personal story about using a host of Assisted Reproductive Technologies [ART] including In Vitro Fertilization [IVF] and egg donation in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part expose of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

Miriam Zoll’s horrifying personal story about using a host of assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization and egg donation, in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part exposé of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

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Child Abduction for Adoption and the Tangled Web of Deceit in Guatemala: A Review of Erin Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda”

Fernanda Alvaro.

Because much of my research has focused on reforming intercountry adoption and most especially Guatemala, I opened Siegal’s “Finding Fernanda” cautiously. By the end of this captivating read, it is impossible to see Alvarado as anything but a strong and resilient woman who is determined to fight circumstances of poverty and oppression.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Turning 40, Going Global

Photo by Kathleen Dooher

Born in Boston, Our Bodies, Ourselves has become an international force for women’s rights.

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The “Intimate Wars” of the Indomitable Merle Hoffman

There are many incredible stories about leaders in the women’s rights movement. This is one of them. Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom is a complex story that is moving, sobering, and should not be missed.

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STOKING FIRE: Frank Schaeffer’s New Book Takes Muddled and Condescending Approach to Abortion

Schaeffer’s latest book, Sex, Mom, & God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics—and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway (Da Capo Press), continues to dissect fundamentalist belief systems.

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New Feminist Books Offer Multifaceted Critique of Culture Wars

A bumper crop of feminist books that came out this spring and summer reveal that women’s bodies remain battlegrounds for ideological struggles all over the world.

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“Broken Justice” : Race, Abortion, and Misogyny

“Broken Justice: A True Story of Race, Sex and Revenge in a Boston Courtroom” — the autobiography of a brave physician fighting for his freedom, career, and principles — recounts an important part of reproductive justice history that may change the reader as much as it changed its author.

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An Uncommon Life in an Uncommon War

There are many powerful war stories in our world. “This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor” by Dr. Susan Wicklund is one of them.

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“The Abstinence Teacher” Gets Schooled

Secularists and evangelicals attempt to divide and conquer suburbia in the biting new book, “The Abstinence Teacher” by Tom Perrotta. And divide they do.

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