Named a NY Time Notable Book of 2014, Katha Pollitt’s Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (Picador, 2014) is powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote: “An impassioned, persuasive case for understanding [abortion] in its proper context…With
wit and logic, Pollitt debunks the many myths surrounding abortion, and analyzes what abortion opponents really oppose: namely, women’s growing sexual freedom and power….With arguments that are both lucid and sensible, Pollitt successfully reframes the abortion debate to show that, ‘in the end, abortion is an issue of fundamental human rights.’” An urgent, controversial book, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument and reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health.
Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including two National Magazine Awards for Essays and Criticism. Pollitt is the author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good; Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories, a collection of personal essays; and Virginity or Death! She is also the author of two books of poetry, Antarctic Traveller, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Mind-Body Problem. Before she became a regular columnist for The Nation, Pollitt edited its Books & the Arts section, and she has also written essays and book reviews for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Harper’s, Ms., Glamour, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Pollitt has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poetry has most recently been anthologized in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. In 2010 she was awarded The American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. She lives in New York City.
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