A WOMAN'S CHOICE: The New Dimensions in Abortions by

A WOMAN'S CHOICE: The New Dimensions in Abortions

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Using examples from his own clinical experience, Dr. Barr explores the many aspects of abortion: the facts about first and second trimester procedures and the more elusive social and emotional issues. His position is a muted version of the feminist stance--making the choice is a personal decision--which is neutral enough to reach the genuinely uncertain but unlikely to convert right-to-lifers. Throughout he cites case histories, usually in no more than a paragraph, to dramatize reasons for considering abortion; and he discusses emotional reaction and recovery, the often-disturbing advice of assorted counselors (family doctors, psychiatrists, clergymen), and subsequent selection of a birth control method. Dr. Barr acknowledges the seriousness of the procedure--he recommends alternative counseling and prefers a hospital setting to quickie office visits--and knows the percentages of various birth control methods, but his criticism of the FDA for unduly alarming women about the dangers of the pill is decidedly ill-advised. A wide range of circumstances smoothly reviewed.

Pub Date: Jan. 23rd, 1977
Publisher: Rawson--dist. by Atheneum