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Every Third Woman
in America How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation

Praise for the Book:

"...the acclaimed book Every Third Woman in America."

Newsweek.com, December 17, 2015


“With his lifetime of experience as a physician and researcher, he chronicles the history of abortion care in the United States, debunks the myths that persist and distort health policy, and looks ahead to what the current wave of medically unsound restrictions will mean for physicians and for women.”
Nancy L. Stanwood, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Physicians for Reproductive Health

"This is a marvelous text, hugely important, incredibly detailed and of enormous interest and use.  This is a book that should be read by all health professionals working with women."
Toni Belfield
Specialist in sexual health information UK


“Dr. Grimes’ expertise, intelligence, and wit combine with his keen and practical analytical skills to bring clarity to our work as professionals in reproductive health.”
Wayne C. Shields
President and CEO
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals


“Dr. Grimes is an inspiring voice of sanity in the fight for reproductive rights: he brings the best scientific evidence filtered through decades of clinical experience and a profound respect for women both here and abroad."
Rebecca Cook
Professor Emerita
Faculty of Law
University of Toronto

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“With reproductive rights constantly under threat, Every Third Woman in America is a timely reminder of the enormous benefits of legal and accessible abortion: benefits to women, yes, but also to children, families, employers... all of society, essentially. The author is a doctor and abortion provider, and he writes persuasively that America has "lost its collective memory of the 'bad old days' of illegal abortion," leading to increasingly stringent restrictions on women's reproductive rights. Grimes makes no pretense at being unpartisan, and why should he when opponents of legal abortion make no such effort? Instead, he forcefully lays out the scientific, social and cultural arguments for keeping abortion easy for women to access when needed. Scattered amongst the statistics and science (which was nevertheless easy enough for a layperson to read) are the words of the women themselves. The details of the illegal procedures are stomach-churning, leaving the reader in little doubt that those "bad old days" truly were terrible. Full of fantastic facts and figures to whip out when debating with anti-choicers, this is an essential read for anyone interested in the fight for reproductive rights.”
Janet Brown
Institute for Educational Leadership

Washington, D.C.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
"This should be required reading for anyone who voices an opinion on either side of the debate. Great information and at times, a difficult, but necessary read for the truths of the abortion world. More than picket signs and poll results, this is an illustration of how everyone is affected by disallowing choice and stripping rights from women."
Angie Panetta

Every Third Woman is encyclopedic in scope, with 985 endnotes of documentation. Divided into 23 topical chapters, it is immensely easy to follow, a great read. Among many other things, Grimes shows that abortion is far safer for women than carrying a pregnancy to term. He notes that the consensus of psychiatrists and psychologists is that psychological problems stemming from abortions are negligible, a fact that even Dr C. Everett Koop, Reagan’s Surgeon General, had to admit, and notes that giving up a baby for adoption is more traumatic than having an abortion. The book leaves no stone unturned.
Among the author’s conclusions: access to safe, legal abortion is important for the health of American women; opposition to abortion and contraception is a manifestation of misogyny and patriarchalism; spontaneous abortion is common and is a healthy, necessary part of human reproduction; current attacks on safe, legal abortion are designed “to turn women to the back alley once again.”
This book does not duplicate Katha Pollitt’s equally important Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, which I reviewed in VOR No. 129. Both are must read books for all who care about women’s rights and religious liberty. And both are critical of  the political inadequacy of the defenders of abortion rights. It easily rates five stars.

Ed Doerr
Church and State


This book is a mine of information, carefully and clearly presented, which can be used by lay and professional people alike to properly educate themselves about abortion.  They will then be suitably furnished with accurate and up-to-date information to participate in the ongoing debate on abortion, which appears to continue to be most vitriolic in the USA.

Prof. Sam Rowlands
Visiting Professor
School of Health and Social Care
Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, U.K.

J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2015;41:133


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