My current reading list is a deep dive into abortion rights and pro-choice movements both here and abroad.
The Moral Case for Abortion by Ann Furedi
Ann Furedi is the CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a not-for-profit provider of abortion in the UK. In The Moral Case for Abortion she discusses the importance of bodily autonomy when it comes to making personal decisions about reproductive intentions. Supporting women who choose to have abortions is the right thing to do.
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
Roe v. Wade may have been over forty years ago, but access to abortion in the US is constantly under threat from Republican politicians. Like Furedi, Pollitt makes the moral case for abortion. She takes on the personhood arguments and places lived experiences of women front and centre.
Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora: the ‘abortion trail’ and the making of the London-Irish underground, 1980-2000 by Ann Rossiter
An oral history of the Irish Women’s Abortion Support Group (IWASG) and the Irish Abortion Solidarity Campaign (Iasc) and the women who, for over 20 years, supported thousands of women a year who travelled from Ireland and Northern Ireland to have abortions in the UK.
The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 1 edited by Ailbhe Smyth
Written in the aftermath of the X-Case, this collection of essays combines activism and scholarship to give an overview of the Eighth Amendment and the fight for reproductive rights in Ireland.
The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2 edited by Aideen Quilty, Sinead Kennedy and Catherine Conlon
The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2 looks at the Eighth Amendment, its affects on pregnancy and abortion and the ongoing efforts by pro-choice activists to have it repealed. It also delves into the expansion of the modern pro-choice movement in Ireland.