From Harvard University Press:
"One of the most private decisions a woman can make, abortion is also one of the most contentious topics in American civic life. Protested at rallies and politicized in party platforms, terminating pregnancy is often characterized as a selfish decision by women who put their own interests above those of the fetus. This background of stigma and hostility has stifled women’s willingness to talk about abortion, which in turn distorts public and political discussion. To pry open the silence surrounding this public issue, Carol Sanger distinguishes between abortion privacy, a form of nondisclosure based on a woman’s desire to control personal information, and abortion secrecy, a woman’s defense against the many harms of disclosure.
Laws regulating abortion patients and providers treat abortion not as an acceptable medical decision—let alone a right—but as something disreputable, immoral, and chosen by mistake. Exploiting the emotional power of fetal imagery, laws require women to undergo ultrasound, a practice welcomed in wanted pregnancies but commandeered for use against women with unwanted pregnancies. Sanger takes these prejudicial views of women’s abortion decisions into the twenty-first century by uncovering new connections between abortion law and American culture and politics.
New medical technologies, women’s increasing willingness to talk online and off, and the prospect of tighter judicial reins on state legislatures are shaking up the practice of abortion. As talk becomes more transparent and acceptable, women’s decisions about whether or not to become mothers will be treated more like those of other adults making significant personal choices."
Carol Sanger is the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She teaches courses on contracts, family law, and others focusing on reproduction, the legal profession, and law and gender.
Her recent scholarship, including her book, About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in the 21st Century, is centered on the regulation of abortion, the regulation of maternal conduct, surrogacy, and the law's relation to culture. In addition to her numerous law journal publications, Sanger has edited Cases and Materials on Contracts, (with Garvin, Cohen, and Brooks), 2013 (8th edition).
Before joining the Law School faculty in 1996, Sanger taught at the University of Oregon from 1979 to 1981 and the Santa Clara University Law School from 1985 to 1994. Additionally, she served as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University from 1990 to 1991; visiting professor at Stanford Law School from 1991 to 1992; visiting professor at Columbia from 1994 to 1996; and a commercial law practitioner in San Francisco from 1976 to 1979.