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Behind Every Choice Is a Story
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Behind Every Choice Is a Story is a poignant blend of personal stories, commentary, and memoir that chronicles the life-changing reproductive choices that women, men, and teens make every day. The book also traces Gloria Feldt's personal journey from the dusty oil fields of West Texas to becoming a Head Start teacher and activist in the civil rights and women's movement, culminating in her current standing as one of the most influential voices in the reproductive freedom movement. The book was inspired by the 1928 Motherhood in Bondage , a collection of letters written by women to Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Publishing these letters from women in desperate circumstances helped to equate the concept of birth control with higher values of wanted children, healthy mothers, loving couples, self realization, and female emancipation. Behind Every Choice Is a Story addresses many of those same issues and values and advances a new agenda for the twenty-first century. Behind Every Choice Is a Story sounds a clarion call by highlighting the importance of storytelling as a cultural force in encouraging change. Feldt recognizes and values women's stories for their personal, social, and political importance. The book uniquely positions current issues of reproductive freedom in the context of everyday experiences and provides a refreshing new framework to understand the current political and social landscape. Although the primary audience for this book is women who support reproductive freedom, a wide audience including men and teens will find their experiences among the compelling stories. It will also appeal to those who are intrigued by the unique perspective the book gives to the real-life impact of reproductive choices. "Behind Every Choice Is a Story will change how America talks about reproductive rights. Gloria's book inspires us to heed the clarion call, tell out stories, and raise our voices together."--Kathleen Turner

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Behind Every Choice Is a Story
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. Part I: Growing up
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. Chapter One: The talk
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Chapter Two: Strong girl, jelly woman
  2. pp. 20-39
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  1. Chapter Three: “He told me not to tell.”
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. Chapter Four: Pierced ears
  2. pp. 50-64
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  1. Part II: Choosing a life
  2. pp. 65-65
  1. Chapter Five: Jelly woman to handsome princess
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. Chapter Six: This month’s bills or this month’s pills
  2. pp. 81-95
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  1. Chapter Seven: Making family
  2. pp. 96-115
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  1. Chapter Eight: Choice as sacrifice, choice as freedom
  2. pp. 116-128
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  1. Part III: Personally political
  2. pp. 129-129
  1. Chapter Nine: Viagra
  2. pp. 131-141
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  1. Chapter Ten: Rights v. access
  2. pp. 142-154
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Whose conscience counts?
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Murder in the name of life
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. Part IV: Motherhood in freedom
  2. pp. 183-183
  1. Chapter Thirteen: Calling ourselves free
  2. pp. 185-205
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: “We aren’t the future, we’re the present”
  2. pp. 206-221
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: Motherhood in freedom and fatherhood too
  2. pp. 222-224
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  1. Epilogue: Tell me your story
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-242
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