Learning from the Uterus Out: Abortion and Women's Health Activism in Chicago

in Bodies of Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226443058
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226443072 | DOI:
Learning from the Uterus Out: Abortion and Women's Health Activism in Chicago

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This chapter examines the history of abortion and women's health activism in Chicago, Illinois. Health feminists first worked underground and provided abortions before their legalization in 1973, and later established clinics and activist organizations in the name of reproductive rights. The chapter suggests that the evolution of feminist health activism from a subversive illegal service to a vocal and visible network of women reveals the movement's heartfelt commitment to transforming health care and demonstrates the fractures and fatigue activists encountered as their efforts were repeatedly attacked by conservatives and by liberals who could not agree on political strategies and priorities.

Keywords: abortion; women's health activism; activist organizations; reproductive rights; health care; conservatives; liberals; political strategies; Chicago; Illinois

Chapter.  13350 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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