The bullying and vilification of women who refuse to accept this ideology of abortion is one of the scandals of contemporary feminism which goes against the very notion that women have a right to freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of expression. (p.27) Those who do have the courage to oppose or at least question the validity of the right-to-choose dogma have faced the unhappy choice of keeping a low profile or abandoning feminism altogether. (p. 25)Nash seeks to reclaim feminism as inclusive of all women, including pro-life women. She delves into concepts of bodily integrity and argues against the notion that women are so delicate they need to be rescued from a state of pregnancy. She also reminds the reader that sexual intercourse is a procreative act whether or not that is the couple’s intention (p. 191). Nash argues for the rights of women around the world: Chinese women forced into abortions, surrogates who are treated inhumanely, and babies who are aborted because they are girls. Though difficult to read at times because of the horrors still being propagated against women around the world, this book is smart and refreshing. If you, like me, cringe at the idea of being call a feminist, yet believe in the strength and beauty of womanhood, this book is worth spending time with.
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Merridith Frediani loves words and is delighted by good sentences. She also loves Lake Michigan, dahlias, the first sip of hot coffee in the morning, millennials, and playing Sheepshead with her husband and three kids. Merridith writes for Catholic Mom, Diocesan.com, and her local Catholic Herald. Her first book, Draw Close to Jesus: A Woman’s Guide to Adoration, is available at Our Sunday Visitor and Amazon. You can read more at MerridithFrediani.com.