Freedom Writer - December 1995
Lader's latest focuses on RU 486
A PRIVATE MATTER: RU 486 and the Abortion Crisis by
Lawrence Lader. 257 pp. Prometheus Books (1995).
In _A_Private_Matter_, Lawrence Lader, a leader in
the fight for women's rights and for FDA approval of
RU 486, spotlights the struggle for abortion rights,
discusses the recent brutal clinic murders in Pensacola
and Boston, and argues that RU 486 could markedly reduce
the number of clinical abortions by making the termination
of pregnancy a "private matter."
Lader writes: "Although this concentration on RU 486
may be a gamble, almost every important strategy since
the movement [women's movement] started has been an
equal gamble. This book will analyze the early days
of abortion rights to compare past strategies to the
present campaign for the pill. It will conclude that
the mounting pressure on clinics through assassinations
and firebombings, as well as heightened anti-abortion
sentiment in Congress, makes it essential to guarantee
the privacy of all women. Privacy is the key to the
future; it inextricably links RU 486 to the women's
movement. It is the thesis of this book that success
of each depends on the success of the other."
_A_Private_Matter_ is a well-written, well-researched,
thought-provoking book. It is a must read for all who
are concerned with how the Radical Religious Rights'
anti-reproductive rights agenda impacts on the goal
of women's equality.
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