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A powerfully empathetic and impeccably researched look at abortion clinic escorting Abortion has been legal for nearly fifty years in the United States, but with a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court and an emboldened opposition in the street, the threat to its existence has never been more pressing. Clinic escorts— everyday volunteers—are prepared to stand up an A powerfully empathetic and impeccably researched look at abortion clinic escorting Abortion has been legal for nearly fifty years in the United States, but with a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court and an emboldened opposition in the street, the threat to its existence has never been more pressing. Clinic escorts— everyday volunteers—are prepared to stand up and protect abortion access, as they have for decades, even in the face of terrorism and violence. They have lived, and sometimes died, to ensure that abortion remains not only accessible but also a basic human right. Clinic escorts have fought the “abortion wars” on the front lines, and it is clinic escorts who will win it, by replacing hostility with humanity. Collecting the stories of these brave volunteers from around the country—including the author’s own—interviews with clinic staff and patients, and research and input from abortion rights experts, Bodies on the Line makes a clear case for the right to an abortion as a fundamental part of human dignity, and the stakes facing us all if it ends. Bodies on the Line is a celebration of the crucial, often unsung heroes of abortion access and an inspiring call to defend this basic health care before it’s too late.


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A powerfully empathetic and impeccably researched look at abortion clinic escorting Abortion has been legal for nearly fifty years in the United States, but with a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court and an emboldened opposition in the street, the threat to its existence has never been more pressing. Clinic escorts— everyday volunteers—are prepared to stand up an A powerfully empathetic and impeccably researched look at abortion clinic escorting Abortion has been legal for nearly fifty years in the United States, but with a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court and an emboldened opposition in the street, the threat to its existence has never been more pressing. Clinic escorts— everyday volunteers—are prepared to stand up and protect abortion access, as they have for decades, even in the face of terrorism and violence. They have lived, and sometimes died, to ensure that abortion remains not only accessible but also a basic human right. Clinic escorts have fought the “abortion wars” on the front lines, and it is clinic escorts who will win it, by replacing hostility with humanity. Collecting the stories of these brave volunteers from around the country—including the author’s own—interviews with clinic staff and patients, and research and input from abortion rights experts, Bodies on the Line makes a clear case for the right to an abortion as a fundamental part of human dignity, and the stakes facing us all if it ends. Bodies on the Line is a celebration of the crucial, often unsung heroes of abortion access and an inspiring call to defend this basic health care before it’s too late.

30 review for Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookewyfe

    I remember when the author first put out her tweet for this book, asking for clinic escorts and defenders who had experience with it back in the really scary days, the 80s-90s. I immediately reached out to my friend and veteran escort, because I knew she had seen a lot. I’ve read so much about those days, and it never gets any less scary. We may have FACE Act now, but it isn’t really enforced. This book tells the story that isn’t often told: the story of escorts and defenders. While there aren’t I remember when the author first put out her tweet for this book, asking for clinic escorts and defenders who had experience with it back in the really scary days, the 80s-90s. I immediately reached out to my friend and veteran escort, because I knew she had seen a lot. I’ve read so much about those days, and it never gets any less scary. We may have FACE Act now, but it isn’t really enforced. This book tells the story that isn’t often told: the story of escorts and defenders. While there aren’t nearly enough books on abortion care, they are growing in numbers. Fewer still, however, are books about escorts. The work we do is so incredibly hard, but time and time again, I have seen that all of the emotional labor that we put into it is always worth it. If we can provide someone with empathy, compassion, dignity and respect— that is all that matters. Each week, I am asked, how are they allowed to do this? I read about this, I saw it on TickTock, but I didn’t know it was actually real. Why are they out here? I tell them, it’s definitely real. I stand up to these bullies, and I do it with a smile. I urge you to read this book, get involved with a clinic near you. Volunteer, donate to local funds, talk about abortion, center the persons who need it, and fight back.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    The title and cover don't make it obvious, but this book is primarily about the volunteers who escort individuals into healthcare centers and abortion clinics, and their role in the fight for reproductive rights for the past century or so. It's incredibly timely and incredibly inspiring. It was just the book to spur me to get out and protest this weekend. (Not that I needed any more encouragement than watching the news.) The title and cover don't make it obvious, but this book is primarily about the volunteers who escort individuals into healthcare centers and abortion clinics, and their role in the fight for reproductive rights for the past century or so. It's incredibly timely and incredibly inspiring. It was just the book to spur me to get out and protest this weekend. (Not that I needed any more encouragement than watching the news.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This book was both hopeful and infuriating at the same time. Hopeful because of the determination and compassion shown by those who support abortion rights, yet infuriating due to the many laws restricting those rights that have been passed within recent years. I was inspired to learn of the many ways I could get involved, even if I couldn't personally be a clinic escort. I really enjoyed reading about the various volunteers and the way they have shaped history and human dignity through actions This book was both hopeful and infuriating at the same time. Hopeful because of the determination and compassion shown by those who support abortion rights, yet infuriating due to the many laws restricting those rights that have been passed within recent years. I was inspired to learn of the many ways I could get involved, even if I couldn't personally be a clinic escort. I really enjoyed reading about the various volunteers and the way they have shaped history and human dignity through actions both large and small. 4.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danielle H

    This is important and I should be trying to finish this before it's due back at the library tomorrow but I just like...can't? This is important and I should be trying to finish this before it's due back at the library tomorrow but I just like...can't?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I didn't realize--which could be a me issue--that this was going to be like 90% about clinic escorting. This is fair enough! The book title, in retrospect, even implies it! I'm glad this book exists, but also i wish i hadn't read it. As someone pretty deep in the abortion/repro sphere, i didn't feel like i got that much new info from it but it managed to really bring me down. While we wait for Roe to finally fall, i wanted something that felt like it offered more paths forward, which this didn't I didn't realize--which could be a me issue--that this was going to be like 90% about clinic escorting. This is fair enough! The book title, in retrospect, even implies it! I'm glad this book exists, but also i wish i hadn't read it. As someone pretty deep in the abortion/repro sphere, i didn't feel like i got that much new info from it but it managed to really bring me down. While we wait for Roe to finally fall, i wanted something that felt like it offered more paths forward, which this didn't, for me. I want people who AREN'T worried to read it, though! Netgalley advanced copy. I'm going to rate it differently there than i did here, because here i am rating it based on my personal experience of it versus my... i don't know, feeling of the overall good-ness of a book?

  6. 4 out of 5

    J Earl

    Bodies on the Line by Lauren Rankin is both an eye-opening account of the fight to protect those doing perfectly legal acts from those terrorists who will resort to violence and deception to prevent it as well as a startling example of just how different the anti-abortion people are from anything even resembling pro-life (one of their preferred incorrect names for themselves). This is not about the technicalities, legal or medical, surrounding the struggle for safe healthcare for women. When thes Bodies on the Line by Lauren Rankin is both an eye-opening account of the fight to protect those doing perfectly legal acts from those terrorists who will resort to violence and deception to prevent it as well as a startling example of just how different the anti-abortion people are from anything even resembling pro-life (one of their preferred incorrect names for themselves). This is not about the technicalities, legal or medical, surrounding the struggle for safe healthcare for women. When these things are brought up they serve to give context to the struggle to offer good healthcare. This is the story of the people who risked their bodies and even their lives to help women do what they are legally permitted to do, against those willing to intimidate, abuse, and even kill to stop them. This is far more personal than the larger histories of the struggles. It also centers on an often overlooked but every bit as essential group, the escorts and defenders who care about the actual living and breathing people who would otherwise be traumatized by all the faux-Christian groups spewing their venom. If you care at all about actual people, actual women, then you will fluctuate between moments of joy and moments of sadness, and definitely moments of intense anger at the depths of hatred these people who use "love" as a weapon have toward women. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    3.5 stars—This is the story of the institution and work of volunteers who escort patients into abortion clinics—especially during the violent days of the 1980s and 1990s, when shootings and bombings at clinics were frequent occurrences. Before federal legislation made it a crime, some anti-abortion protestors would actually physically assault people entering clinics, which is why the idea of escorts to literally shield patients caught on. As the book’s title indicates, these clinic escorts were i 3.5 stars—This is the story of the institution and work of volunteers who escort patients into abortion clinics—especially during the violent days of the 1980s and 1990s, when shootings and bombings at clinics were frequent occurrences. Before federal legislation made it a crime, some anti-abortion protestors would actually physically assault people entering clinics, which is why the idea of escorts to literally shield patients caught on. As the book’s title indicates, these clinic escorts were indeed putting their bodies—and sometimes lives—on the line. Of course, laws are only as effective as their enforcement. The author includes multiple accounts in which hostile police officers not only refused to enforce the FACE Act, but would openly express their support for the anti-abortion side in the regular melees that occurred on clinic property. BODIES ON THE LINE is not an easy read, but it important and obviously timely. The book's description of a “religious” leader’s vicious harassment of a 12-year old girl is sickening, especially when one contemplates the grim possibilities that resulted in a 12-year-old needing to visit a clinic in the first place. I felt the author missed an opportunity to remind readers of a sobering historical fact: the religious right didn’t always oppose abortion. Multiple religious leaders and organizations either supported its legalization or considered it a non-issue. It wasn’t until the modern religious right’s original crusade—the fight to maintain racial segregation in their private schools—failed, that they latched onto the militant pro-life identity that they wield to this day. Unlike with segregation, they have been by all accounts successful in their effort. Although the political and social lobbyists came from a cynical and opportunistic place, I don’t think the everyday individuals who engage in anti-abortion activism are faking their concern. I believe they do truly care about what they see as a grave sin, and pro-choicers are making a mistake when they tell them that their feelings aren't valid. However, it would make far more sense for pro-lifers to support policies that would help prevent more people from ever ending up at a clinic’s door in the first place. They would support factual information about birth control methods and comprehensive sex education in schools. They would support universal healthcare, higher wages, and childcare options. I am certain there are pro-lifers who fight for all of these things. But as we all know, this is not the anti-abortion movement that is getting the press and making the laws.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    I joined the queue for the audiobook from my library in early 2022, but in an ironic twist of fate, I was notified of its availability the day after the decision to overturn Roe was leaked. I was already enraged and saddened by the news, but Bodies on the Line just solidified and heightened my reactions to the leaked decision. Rankin paints a bittersweet overview of what it is like to be an abortion clinic escort after Roe was decided in 1973. This viewpoint of discussing abortion in the US was I joined the queue for the audiobook from my library in early 2022, but in an ironic twist of fate, I was notified of its availability the day after the decision to overturn Roe was leaked. I was already enraged and saddened by the news, but Bodies on the Line just solidified and heightened my reactions to the leaked decision. Rankin paints a bittersweet overview of what it is like to be an abortion clinic escort after Roe was decided in 1973. This viewpoint of discussing abortion in the US was one that isn’t typically focused on in the fight for abortion rights. It was particularly interesting for me, since before my illnesses disabled me and before Covid, I was strongly considering volunteering my time to be a clinic escort. Bodies on the Line, as I mentioned earlier, focuses on the people who quite literally put their bodies on the line as clinic escorts. Rankin documents her own experience as a clinic escort and tells the story of other escorts. The descriptions of their roles of shielding patients from zealous protestors are harrowing and conjure a complex web of emotions. Through her own experience and through interviews with other escorts, Rankin describes the heartbreaking journeys some patients go through just to receive an abortion: barely scrounging up enough payment, travelling hours and hours by car, putting their jobs in jeopardy by missing work, and trying to jump through the complex red tape that states enact to try to curb as many abortion procedures as possible. This is an important book to read in 2022: not only due to the unique perspective it offers in the fight for abortion, but also because Rankin wrote Bodies on the Line with the looming possibility that Roe might be overturned in mind. Now that Roe is poised to fall, Rankin’s insights in how post-Roe abortion access will look. While these harrowing depictions of post-1974 abortion access made me even more livid at the leaked Supreme Court decision, this account also gave me a sliver of hope when recognizing the people that put their bodies on the line to ensure people have access to safe abortions.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hettie

    I started to read this book because I am a clinic escort and because other escorts whom I know are mentioned. I was really impressed with how much research was conducted by the author: the book presents a complete history of the fight for abortion rights in the US, of what clinic escorts are doing, and gives escorts the voice to share their stories. It always amazes me how people who are not involved with abortion clinics are completely unaware of the current situation. Virtually nobody with whom I started to read this book because I am a clinic escort and because other escorts whom I know are mentioned. I was really impressed with how much research was conducted by the author: the book presents a complete history of the fight for abortion rights in the US, of what clinic escorts are doing, and gives escorts the voice to share their stories. It always amazes me how people who are not involved with abortion clinics are completely unaware of the current situation. Virtually nobody with whom I talk about escorting knows that the protesters are not "somewhere in the South", but right here, in the Chicago Loop! This book is a great resource for people who want to learn more about the current situation and obstacles pregnant individuals face when trying to execute their rights to access free and safe abortion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Sepulveda

    A timely read considering SCOTUS just overturned Roe vs Wade. The book is mostly about being a patient escort at Reproductive clinics helping patients navigate all the protestors and getting safely inside the clinic. She examines in great detail the threats, bombings and murders over the years of abortion providers which just shows the sheer hypocrisy of the “pro life” movement. The book definitely empowers you to want to help women obtain safe abortions and have the autonomy to make their own c A timely read considering SCOTUS just overturned Roe vs Wade. The book is mostly about being a patient escort at Reproductive clinics helping patients navigate all the protestors and getting safely inside the clinic. She examines in great detail the threats, bombings and murders over the years of abortion providers which just shows the sheer hypocrisy of the “pro life” movement. The book definitely empowers you to want to help women obtain safe abortions and have the autonomy to make their own choices!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Such an amazing dive into a corner of the repro movement thats not always talked about! Clinic escorting/defense is truly some of the hardest work done for repro rights. I am in awe of these folks every day. Plus, super nice to see some familiar names of friends in the book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana (Reading While Mommying) Dean

    Enlightening and extremely timely, this book chronicles the history of abortion clinic escorts and how they've worked to protect women from exercising their right to healthcare AND keep them safe from networks of increasingly violent and harassing anti-abortion protestors. Rankin is an abortion rights activist who has worked as a volunteer clinic escort and has seen first-hand the violence and vitriol. Using extensive research and her own experiences, she presents the chaotic yet necessary work Enlightening and extremely timely, this book chronicles the history of abortion clinic escorts and how they've worked to protect women from exercising their right to healthcare AND keep them safe from networks of increasingly violent and harassing anti-abortion protestors. Rankin is an abortion rights activist who has worked as a volunteer clinic escort and has seen first-hand the violence and vitriol. Using extensive research and her own experiences, she presents the chaotic yet necessary work of these amazing volunteers. Rankin's engaging prose reveals her passion for this work and a woman's right for bodily autonomy. Using a litany of historical facts, she also shines light on a surprising aspect of this work: How even after the FACE Act became law (The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act), local police still didn't protect abortion clinic entrances--and the women going into them--as well as they should have. This info is a sad testament to how still, in 2022, patriarchal structures govern issues that affect women, their lives, and their bodies. All in all an absorbing and timely must-read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I was reading this book on a plane next to a woman who was working through a crisis pregnancy center training manual, which was more fitting than I know how to describe, especially in this particular American moment. This book does an excellent job detailing (with meticulous sourcing) the history of violence and harassment targeting abortion providers and supporters of abortion patients.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deanna☔️

    A really important book showcasing the courage, hard work, compassion and more of people fighting to keep abortion accessible to all. It was really awesome to read the stories of those brave folk who as the title says, put their bodies on the line for others. It’s reassuring to know they are there, and there are organizations doing their best to support patients through every step of the way. The book was also a pretty nice timeline of the fight for abortion beginning with it’s legality. It shows A really important book showcasing the courage, hard work, compassion and more of people fighting to keep abortion accessible to all. It was really awesome to read the stories of those brave folk who as the title says, put their bodies on the line for others. It’s reassuring to know they are there, and there are organizations doing their best to support patients through every step of the way. The book was also a pretty nice timeline of the fight for abortion beginning with it’s legality. It shows the steps that have been taken over the years to restrict access even though it has continued to be legal, the tactics antiabortion protestors have used and continue to, and how all clinic escorts have been shaped and changed through it all. Totally recommend!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Seaman

    This was an amazing book. This book is about the people that protect abortion clinics. I was incredibly moved by this book. The people who help out at the abortion clinics are so brave and amazing. These people face all of the protesters every day. I loved reading about the history of these people who support other people. This book is so important!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Though not an overt argument for Roe v Wade nor for abortion rights, it is arguably a pro-choice book at its heart. Told from the perspective of a clinic escort volunteer, Rankin explains the comings and goings of laws that affect patients beyond the legalities of getting an abortion. She explains the origins of pro-life groups and the ways in which they protest and lobby--quite literally using their bodies to try to force patients to turn away. And these are not just patients who live in the ci Though not an overt argument for Roe v Wade nor for abortion rights, it is arguably a pro-choice book at its heart. Told from the perspective of a clinic escort volunteer, Rankin explains the comings and goings of laws that affect patients beyond the legalities of getting an abortion. She explains the origins of pro-life groups and the ways in which they protest and lobby--quite literally using their bodies to try to force patients to turn away. And these are not just patients who live in the city. These are patients who spend countless hours driving in a car about to break down. These are patients who must scrounge up every last penny they have to pay for an appointment. These are patients whose abortion clinics in their states have been shut down or bombed. Rankin discusses how effective--or ineffective--police help can be as well as the horrific things escorts and patients must hear hurled at them. She discusses the bombings in Brookline, MA (just a few miles away, eek!) and the first death of an escort. She discusses the harassment from pro-life groups even beyond the clinic address and how escorts have been forced to move to different towns because their children have been harassed. Instead of creating resources that would actually benefit mothers who may be seeking abortions for financial reasons and not because they do not want children/do not want to be pregnant. The ways in which she chronicles and references all of her research make sense, moving from just before Roe v Wade up until the time of her writing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though I've read plenty of books about abortion rights, from academic texts to Norma McCorvey's biography, I had yet (until now) read from the perspective of a clinic escort. It's definitely an under-realized perspective, and one that shows that the abortion "argument" is not just between protestors and patients. It's not even just between doctors, either. It's about families. It's about escorts. It's about all the women and men who show up to protect these women from being harassed and assaulted and from seeing horrendous photographs of bloody fetuses and from being called terrible names. Well worth the read, especially in this political climate. It's inspiring and will make you want to do something about women's rights, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jaffe

    Abortion is an issue that never quite got my blood running the way it does for so many other people. But it's sure in the news a lot lately and I saw this at my local library, so let's give it a shot. Rankin looks at one particular aspect of abortion: volunteers working as clinic escorts. In particular, the book is the role these escorts have played in the years of the pro-life pushback on Roe v. Wade. Many clinics have frequent and sizable anti-abortion protesters outside. Among the most impres Abortion is an issue that never quite got my blood running the way it does for so many other people. But it's sure in the news a lot lately and I saw this at my local library, so let's give it a shot. Rankin looks at one particular aspect of abortion: volunteers working as clinic escorts. In particular, the book is the role these escorts have played in the years of the pro-life pushback on Roe v. Wade. Many clinics have frequent and sizable anti-abortion protesters outside. Among the most impressive parts of the book was the depiction of the pro-lifers. I just had a hazy/lazy impression of them like the protester in Juno (which this book references repeatedly) - benign but earnest people. Well, they typically make the experience of entering (and leaving) the clinic as traumatic as possible for those going there in order to prevent the abortions. The trauamtic nature of the protest isn't happenstance, but often deliberate. (And, if the abortion-seeker is black, then you can add in another layer of insult sent that person's way). The escorts are there to provide some solace and aid. The book makes the point that withouth the escorts, a heckuva lot fewer people would get abortions. But it isn't just protesters outside the streets, but laws passed that make it harder for clinics to stay open, creating needlessly high standards for what it them to stay afloat. Kentucky once had 17 clinics, but now had one. It's one of seven states with just one clinic, along with West Virginia, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Mississippi, and Wyoming. Overall, a third of the clinics in the US have closed down in the last decade. It's an interesting account, but it does get repetitious at times, as the same factoid is presented two or three times. And the focus shifts from a more chronological one to a more impressionistic one later on, and that threw me a bit. It's a compelling book overall.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Foll

    I was slack-jawed while reading this book. I read this in the immediate aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overturned, but what I realized in reading Rankin's work is that Roe v. Wade alone was never enough. A federal law wasn't enough to stop protesters from forming blockades to clinics or from verbally harassing, photographing, or filming the persons seeking medical care. A federal law wasn't enough to stop states from closing clinics or from virtually rendering abortion inaccessible. Lauren Ranki I was slack-jawed while reading this book. I read this in the immediate aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overturned, but what I realized in reading Rankin's work is that Roe v. Wade alone was never enough. A federal law wasn't enough to stop protesters from forming blockades to clinics or from verbally harassing, photographing, or filming the persons seeking medical care. A federal law wasn't enough to stop states from closing clinics or from virtually rendering abortion inaccessible. Lauren Rankin tells the stories of the men and women who chose to put their bodies on the line for complete strangers, serving as clinic escorts. She demonstrates how a comforting presence, someone who literally walks a person in the door, can make a difference for the care-seeker. These are important stories to tell now and in the days to come.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emi Yoshida

    Impressively thorough account of the brutality of the Pro-Life movement in America. Lauren Rankin does a great job of presenting, over and over and over again, how the religious right and law enforcement have preyed on and victimized the terrified and helpless. I learned a lot of shocking facts: in late April 2021, America experienced "a record 28 abortion restrictions signed into law in a single week," and as of 2021 "90% of US counties lack an abortion provider"!!! I also appreciate knowing wh Impressively thorough account of the brutality of the Pro-Life movement in America. Lauren Rankin does a great job of presenting, over and over and over again, how the religious right and law enforcement have preyed on and victimized the terrified and helpless. I learned a lot of shocking facts: in late April 2021, America experienced "a record 28 abortion restrictions signed into law in a single week," and as of 2021 "90% of US counties lack an abortion provider"!!! I also appreciate knowing who to donate to in addition to Planned Parenthood: the Clinic Vest Project, which services clinics in 42 states, Canada and the UK; Women on Waves operating beyond international borders; and Aid Access currently shipping medication abortion (Plan C).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fon

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Review to come soon. @movedbyprose's rating system ★★★★★: i love everything about this book ★★★★✩: notable with minor issues ★★★✩✩: mediocre but slightly enjoyable ★★✩✩✩: struggled to finish / forgettable ★✩✩✩✩: problematic Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher, Counterpoint Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. instagram | goodreads | storygraph 4.5 stars, rounded up. Review to come soon. @movedbyprose's rating system ★★★★★: i love everything about this book ★★★★✩: notable with minor issues ★★★✩✩: mediocre but slightly enjoyable ★★✩✩✩: struggled to finish / forgettable ★✩✩✩✩: problematic Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher, Counterpoint Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. instagram | goodreads | storygraph

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel León

    “At its core, volunteering as a clinic escort isn’t about politics or pontificating. It’s about responding, as a human being, to another human being’s needs. It’s about dignity, compassion, and kindness.” This book examines the role of clinic escorts with a historical look at the violence and ire found outside most abortion clinics in this country. It's an eye-opening book about these frontline volunteers who risk their lives to protect abortion access and an important read. “At its core, volunteering as a clinic escort isn’t about politics or pontificating. It’s about responding, as a human being, to another human being’s needs. It’s about dignity, compassion, and kindness.” This book examines the role of clinic escorts with a historical look at the violence and ire found outside most abortion clinics in this country. It's an eye-opening book about these frontline volunteers who risk their lives to protect abortion access and an important read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dan Solomon

    Really engaging, ground-level history of the battle around abortion access, vividly written and thoroughly reported and researched. Lots of stories you probably haven’t heard in this one, and a lot of context for the ones you have.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I can’t even rate this book today.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

    Not a lot of new information here in light of the current climate. The book reads like an op-ed and the writing is flat.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shay

    Made me want to punch walls with how well written and well intended it is. Punch walls because of the history and protesters faced.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Primer

    Heartbreaking personal anecdotes from a brave abortion clinic escort. Terrifying.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dale Rosenberg

    Non-fiction. An exploration of the role clinic escorts play and have played in securing abortion rights. Well done but depressing rather than inspiring to read at the current moment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandi Schultz

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

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