By Wendy Simonds
These are the questions that force Wendy Simonds' Abortion at Work. Simonds files the methods in which employees at a feminist sanatorium build compelling feminist visions, and in addition watch their beliefs fall brief in perform. Simonds translates those women's narratives to get at how abortion works on feminism, and to exhibit what feminism can achieve through rethinking abortion using those activists' phrases. In completely enticing prose, Simonds frames her research with a relocating account of her personal own knowing of the issues.
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Other women scaled back their expectations, attempted to conserve their energy, and tried to look upon work at the Center as just an ordinary job. Outside pressures always intruded on these women's efforts to diminish the intensity of their labor because abortion work cannot be an ordinary job in a culture that casts abortion as a deeply contested moral issue. Helping to Page 14 provide abortions might become ordinary, routine, and repetitive for these women, but, outside the clinic, abortion was deemed a giant dilemma, an unresolvable gray area, and a social problem.
They conclude that "the Supreme Court's decisions [in the 1970s] would appear to enjoy public support, but other data suggest that public support for Wade is soft. . By the late 1970s the pro-life movement was becoming more effective in articulating its position, whereas the pro-choice forces may have taken their victory for granted and not sustained their propaganda momentum" (130). Since Tatalovich and Daynes's study, the threat to women's right to legal abortion has grown. Though qualified support for legal abortion remains consistent, support for women's decision making does not.
I began at the clinic by learning how to do "contraceptive counseling" and then advanced to abortion counseling. My prescribed goal was to describe the abortion to each client; to make sure she was certain she wanted to have an abortion; to take her blood pressure, temperature, and pulse; and to guide her through the signing of various informed-consent formspreferably in under twenty minutes. On a busy day, I would talk to nine or ten women about the abortions they were about to have. I would hear the clients' storiesboth because it was my job to elicit them and because most women seemed to expect that they would be called upon to explain themselves.
Abortion at work: ideology and practice in a feminist clinic by Wendy Simonds