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.