Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #8: Abortion: My Body, My Choice


“He had heard her say, so many times, that a society that approved of making abortion illegal was a society that approved of violence against women; that making abortion illegal was simply a sanctimonious, self-righteous form of violence against women – it was just another way of legalizing violence against women, Nurse Caroline would say.”

–John Irving, The Cider House Rules

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  1. The Cider House Rules by John Irving





  1. Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
  2. Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church by Patricia Miller
  3. The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan
  4. Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice by Loretta Ross, Elena Gutierrez, Marlene Gerber, Jael Silliman
  5. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective


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Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →