⊍ New Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion ⋃ By Katie Watson ⋗ ⊍ New Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion ⋃ By Katie Watson ⋗ E xcellent Watson has a gift for explaining complex arguments in a simple, easy to understand manner Watson s book is an important contribution to the growing literature on abortion stigma and the moral case for abortion, and its accessible language will make it an excellent text for classrooms and book clubs Watson s writing style is personal and engaging, making the book a pleasure to read The ideas it contains are complex and subtle, but the writing is direct and honest Anu Kumar, Conscience A timely reminder about the importance of rational, non emotional debate around the rights of the individual Emerald Street At last, a new, important, and powerful effort to improve the national abortion debate Bioethicist and lawyer Katie Watson initiates a rich conversation about the morality of ordinary legal abortion in the context of unwanted pregnancy This illuminating book builds on the narratives and vocabulary of women s lived experience in deciding about abortion, and it will captivate anyone willing to attend to the complexity and ambiguity of such decisions James F Childress Ph.D, University Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia Katie Watson is not afraid to acknowledge the moral complexities of abortion, even as she affirms the legal right to access it Her writing is lively and clear, but she never underestimates readers ability to engage in serious moral thinking Watson will make you think about abortion in new, unforgettable ways Lisa H Harris M.D., Ph.D, University of Michigan In this refreshingly accessible book Katie Watson, invites readers to a conversation about ordinary abortion DLthat is, the vast majority of abortions that take place in the U.S With immense intelligence and sensitivity, and considerable wit, Watson offers new ways to think about this complex issue, and urges readers to continue this conversation with their neighbors and friends Carole Joffe Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco I would encourage anyone regardless of their current view of abortion to read this book Watson provides an important perspective of abortion that isn t regularly shared, abortion as a routine and commonly performed procedure, and she deftly explores why the many women who have this procedure rarely speak of it openly The perspectives we explore and the we open our minds to various ways of looking at this topic the readily we can come to a meaningful understanding Louise P King M.D., J.D., Harvard Center for BioethicsAlthough Roe v Wade identified abortion as a constitutional right 45 years ago, it still bears stigmaDLa proverbial scarlet A Millions of Americans have participated in or benefited from an abortion, but few want to reveal that they have done so Approximately one in five pregnancies in the US ends in abortion Why is something so common, which has been legal so long, still a source of shame and secrecy Why is it so regularly debated by politicians, and so seldom divulged from friend to friend This book explores the personal stigma that prevents many from sharing their abortion experiences with friends and family in private conversation, and the structural stigma that keeps it that way In public discussion, both proponents and opponents of abortion s legality tend to focus on extraordinary cases This tendency keeps the national debate polarized and contentious, and keeps our focus on the cases that occur the least Professor Katie Watson focuses instead on the cases that happen the most, which she calls ordinary abortion Scarlet A gives the reflective reader a accurate impression of what the majority of American abortion practice really looks like It explains how our silence around private experience has distorted public opinion, and how including both ordinary abortion and abortion ethics could make our public exchanges fruitful In Scarlet A, Watson wisely and respectfully navigates one of the most divisive topics in contemporary life This book explains the law of abortion, challenges the toxic politics that make it a public football and private secret, offers tools for productive private exchanges, and leads the way to a robust public discussion of abortion ethics Scarlet A combines storytelling and statistics to bring the story of ordinary abortion out of the shadows, painting a rich, rarely seen picture of how patients and doctors currently think and act, and ultimately inviting readers to tell their own stories and draw their own conclusions. 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