Scarlet A by Katie Watson audiobook

Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion

By Katie Watson
Read by Coleen Marlo

Tantor Audio 9780190624859
7.66 Hours Unabridged
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Although Roe v. Wade identified abortion as a constitutional right forty-five years ago, it still bears stigma—a proverbial scarlet A. Millions of Americans have participated in or benefited from an abortion, but few want to reveal that they have done so. Approximately one in five pregnancies in the U.S. ends in abortion. Why is something so common, which has been legal so long, still a source of shame and secrecy? Why is it so regularly debated by politicians, and so seldom divulged from friend to friend? In public discussion, both proponents and opponents of abortion's legality tend to focus on extraordinary cases. This tendency keeps the national debate polarized and contentious, and keeps our focus on the cases that occur the least. Professor Katie Watson focuses instead on the cases that happen the most, which she calls "ordinary abortion." Scarlet A gives the reflective listener a more accurate impression of what the majority of American abortion practice really looks like. It explains how our silence around private experience has distorted public opinion, and how including both ordinary abortion and abortion ethics could make our public exchanges more fruitful.

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Although Roe v. Wade identified abortion as a constitutional right forty-five years ago, it still bears stigma—a proverbial scarlet A. Millions of Americans have participated in or benefited from an abortion, but few want to reveal that they have done so. Approximately one in five pregnancies in the U.S. ends in abortion. Why is something so common, which has been legal so long, still a source of shame and secrecy? Why is it so regularly debated by politicians, and so seldom divulged from friend to friend?

In public discussion, both proponents and opponents of abortion's legality tend to focus on extraordinary cases. This tendency keeps the national debate polarized and contentious, and keeps our focus on the cases that occur the least. Professor Katie Watson focuses instead on the cases that happen the most, which she calls "ordinary abortion." Scarlet A gives the reflective listener a more accurate impression of what the majority of American abortion practice really looks like. It explains how our silence around private experience has distorted public opinion, and how including both ordinary abortion and abortion ethics could make our public exchanges more fruitful.

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Editorial Reviews

“As a guide to the various ways of thinking about abortion, Scarlet A is readable and respectful—and therefore, in its own quiet way, revolutionary.” New York Times

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Author Bio: Katie Watson

Author Bio: Katie Watson

Katie Watson is an award-winning professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 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. She now splits her time between Northwestern and the ACLU of Illinois, where she is Senior Counsel for the Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 7.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English