“Handbook for a Post-Roe America” by Robin Marty— Understanding and Preparing for Change

Marty, Robin. “Handbook for a Post-Roe America”, Seven Stories Press, 2019.

Understanding and Preparing for Change

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Robin Marty’s “Handbook for a Post-Roe America is a comprehensive and user-friendly manual for understanding and preparing for the changes to reproductive rights law and how to get the healthcare you need (by whatever means necessary).  We are taken  through various worst-case scenarios of a post-Roe America, and Marty provides us with ways to fight back, including how to gain financial support, how to use existing networks and create new ones, and how to, if necessary, work outside existing legal systems. We see how to prepare for emergencies, how to start organizing now, what to know about self-managed abortion care and how to avoid surveillance. This the theeonly guidebook of its kind and it includes an extensive, detailed resource guide for all pregnant people (whether cis, trans, or non-binary) of clinics, action groups, abortion funds, and practical support groups in each state, so wherever you live, you can get involved.

With a newly right-wing Supreme Court and a Republican Senate, “Roe” is under threat. To say that abortion will be illegal in half the states in the nation is not hypothetical theory, it is looming now on the horizon. We must act now to secure what access remains, strengthen the networks supporting those who need care, and decide what risks we are willing to take to ensure that any person who wants a termination can still end that pregnancy—with or without the government’s permission.
Robin Marty outlines the possibilities of President Trump’s conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court, positing. In chapters such as “Planning For Your Own Emergencies” and “So, You Want to be the Next ‘Jane’,” this is a clear-eyed guide to protecting access and providing support with or without the government’s consent. The information here is accurate and practical but what we really get here is the reassurance that you can do something.




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