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Choice Words

A collection of writing about abortion

Louise Swinn



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Allen & Unwin
04 March 2019
Choice Words: A collection of writing about abortion is a cri de coeur; a passionate appeal from writers, thinkers, musicians, actors, comedians, activists and political staffers, offering personal stories of abortion alongside historical records and political anecdotes.

At a time when abortion is a criminal act and prosecution is a real risk in parts of Australia, this book is needed more than ever. In 2018, the world watched aghast when a Tasmanian woman lost her job at a high-profile sporting agency for tweeting the truth: even in states where abortion is legal, access can be nearly impossible.

This treasury of stories highlights the sheer, unspoken commonality of abortion. Women have been dealing with the risks and the fall-out for longer than there is record. It is poignant, wise, funny and true; a salute to those who have been working in the field, a celebration of how far we've come, an electrifying caterwaul at how far we still have to go, and a clarion call to action.

Contributors include Jane Caro, Claudia Karvan, Laura Jean, Melissa Lucashenko, Emily Maguire, Tara June Winch, Michelle Law, Tony Birch, Melanie Cheng, Anne Summers, Gideon Haigh, Monica Dux, Bri Lee, Jenny Kee, and a Foreword by Tanya Plibersek. Proceeds from Choice Words will go to the charity Marie Stopes Australia, the only national, independently-accredited, not-for-profit safe abortion provider, that has helped more than 600,000 women in the past twenty years.
By:   Louise Swinn
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9781760875220
ISBN 10:   1760875228
Publication Date:   04 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword by The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP Angela Williamson Jane Caro Monica Dux Rosie Waterland Van Badham Eleanor Limprecht Shirley Barrett Claudia Karvan Jenny Kee & Grace Heifetz Jane Gleeson-White Sarah Firth Clem Bastow Melissa Lucashenko Bri Lee Michelle Law Brooke Davis Gideon Haigh Jess Scully Melanie Cheng Meredith Burgmann Gabrielle Blair (DesignMom) Catherine Deveny Caroline deCosta Amy Gray Tara June Winch Laura Jean Emily Maguire Ellena Savage Anne Summers Samantha Maiden Gina Rushton (Buzzfeed) Zoya Patel Maxine Beneba Clarke Tony Birch

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