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[book cover] Without Apology

Edited by Shannon Stettner

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August 2016

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Sociology / Women's Studies



About the Book

Until the late 1960s, the authorities on abortion were for the most part men—politicians, clergy, lawyers, physicians, all of whom had an interest in regulating women’s bodies. Even today, when we hear women speak publicly about abortion, the voices are usually those of the leaders of women’s and abortion rights organizations, women who hold political office, and, on occasion, female physicians. We also hear quite frequently from spokeswomen for anti-abortion groups. Rarely, however, do we hear the voices of ordinary women—women whose lives have been in some way touched by abortion. Their thoughts typically owe more to human circumstance than to ideology, and without them, we run the risk of thinking and talking about the issue of abortion only in the abstract.

Without Apology seeks to address this issue by gathering the voices of activists, feminists, and scholars as well as abortion providers and clinic support staff alongside the stories of women whose experience with abortion is more personal. With the particular aim of moving beyond the polarizing rhetoric that has characterized the issue of abortion and reproductive justice for so long, Without Apology is an engrossing and arresting account that will promote both reflection and discussion.


About the Editor

Shannon Stettner teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is the co-founder of the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network.



Aalya Ahmad, Tracey L. Anderson, Jane Cawthorne, Peggy Cooke, Shannon Dea, Carolyn Egan, Linda Gardner, Laura Gillespie, Sterling Haynes, E.K. Hornbeck, Clarissa Hurley, “Dr. James”, H. Bindy K. Kang, Kristen, Natalie Lochwin, Mackenzie, Colleen MacQuarrie, Ruth Miller, Judith Mintz, Erin Mullan, Jen Rinaldi, Sadie Roberts, Martha Solomon, Shannon Stettner, Karen Stote, Nick Van der Graaf, Bernadette Wagner, Laura Wershler, Shannon West, Ellen Wiebe, Jess Woolford.



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DownloadFront Matter

DownloadTable of Contents


DownloadWithout Apology: An Introduction
Shannon Stettner

DownloadA Brief History of Abortion in Canada
Shannon Stettner

Part One ? Speaking from Experience

DownloadAn Abortion Palimpsest: Writing the Hidden Stories of Our Bodies
Judith Mintz

Clarissa Hurley

DownloadBut I Kept All These Things, and Pondered Them in My Heart
Jess Woolford

DownloadKeep It Small
E.K. Hornbeck

DownloadA Bad Law and a Bold Woman
Bernadette Wagner

DownloadA Lonely Ride


Part Two ? Abortion Rights Activism

DownloadReproductive Freedom: The Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics and the Campaign to Overturn the Federal Abortion Law
Carolyn Egan and Linda Gardner

DownloadHandmaids on the Hill: Defending Our Rights One Womb at a Time
Aalya Ahmad and the Radical Handmaids

DownloadBreaking the Silence Through Portrait and Story: Arts4Choice
Martha Solomon

Download“We Can Get There Faster If We All Move Together”: The Birth and Evolution of a Reproductive Justice Activist
Colleen MacQuarrie

DownloadWaves of Change in Prince Edward Island: Opening the Dialogue on Abortion Access
Sadie Roberts

Part Three ? Challenging Opposing Positions

DownloadBlinded by the Right: My Past as an Anti-abortion Activist
Natalie Lochwin

DownloadOne Life Change Leads to Another: My Evolving View of Abortion
Tracey L. Anderson

DownloadPro-Choice for God’s Sake
Shannon West

DownloadPro-choice with No “Buts”: Three Commentaries
Laura Wershler

DownloadExpanding the Reproductive Justice Lexicon: A Case for the Label Pro-abortion
Laura Gillespie

DownloadSame as It Ever Was: Anti-Choice Extremism and the “Third Way”
Jane Cawthorne

DownloadWomen over Ideology
Nick Van der Graaf

Part Four ? Practitioners and Clinic Support

DownloadDissolving Fear, Fostering Trust: Lessons from Life in Abortion Care
Peggy Cooke

Download“Do you think I will go to hell for this?”
Ruth Miller

DownloadCountering Shame with Compassion: The Role of the Abortion Counsellor
Erin Mullan

DownloadWomen Judging Women: Whose Reasons Are “Good Enough”? Whose Choice Is OK?
Ellen Wiebe

DownloadTherapeutic Abortion: A Nonnegotiable Women’s Right
Sterling Haynes

DownloadOn Becoming an Abortion Provider: An Interview
Shannon Stettner and “Dr. James”

Part Five ? Sites of Struggle

DownloadThe Myth of Reproductive Choice: A Call for Radical Change
Karen Stote

DownloadSex-Selective Abortion and the Politics of Race in Multicultural Canada
H. Bindy K. Kang

DownloadThe Public Pregnancy: How the Fetal Debut and the Public Health Paradigm Affect Pregnancy Practice
Jen Rinaldi

DownloadA Harm-Reduction Approach to Abortion
Shannon Dea

DownloadThe Unfinished Revolution
Shannon Stettner

DownloadList of Contributors


“Finally, there's a resource that comprehensively and thoroughly explores the history and evolution of reproductive rights in Canada. [...] a great resource for anyone looking for information about the evolution of abortion rights, regulations, and laws in Canada, but also a great read for anyone interested in the role of abortion rights in the history of the feminist movement.”



“An excellent example of how Canadian historians can make their scholarship more accessible to a public audience. Stettner's collection shows how the field of women's history can combine scholarly and activist agendas through history. [...] While many of the essays draw on personal and anecdotal evidence, they provide historical insight into how far the pro-choice movement has come in Canada and where it should go next. This book will be useful to academics, women's health practitioners, policymakers, and members of the public who want to understand Canada's abortion debate in the past and in the present.”

The Canadian Historical Review


“Heartbreaking and enraging. . . . A commendable survey of abortion in Canada that gives space to a wide range of voices while also acknowledging the work still to be done.”

Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 12, Issue 1