Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Featuring: Annie Laurie Gaylor, Katha Pollitt

Few have been both as thoughtful and as outspoken about abortion rights as Katha Pollitt, and this conversation upholds that reputation. Pollitt outlines how abortion has always been a normal part of women’s lives, and how society’s emphasis on the fetus harmfully erases women and strips them of their autonomy.

Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She has won many awards for her work, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation; a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry; and two National Magazine Awards. Her most recent books are The Mind-Body Problem (poems), Learning to Drive (personal essays), and Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, which was one of the New York Times notable books of 2014. The title essay of Learning to Drive was made into a movie starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

This conversation took play at the Women in Secularism 4 Conference in Washington, DC on Sunday, September 25th, 2016.