A Woman's Right to Know: How Women's Health Became a Political Pawn - and the Surprising Alliances Working to Reclaim It

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When women’s health wasn’t a political issue...
The surprising history every woman deserves to know.


Women’s health has long been seen as a divisive social issue. But behind inflammatory news headlines is an untold story that every man and woman is entitled to know. This factual and eye-opening story recounts how women’s health devolved from being a medical issue, supported even by religious groups, to a divisive political debate.

Exposing a chain of historic events, author Carol Roye reveals how only recently groups such as the Religious Right organized against abortion rights, using it as an influential political tool. Roye, an academic, longtime nurse practitioner and mother of six, also dispels many of the inaccurate, political arguments surrounding abortion and instead shines a light on the real concern at hand—public health.

A Woman’s Right to Know goes beyond the old argument of moral imperative vs. women’s rights. Instead, it presents a third point of view in which people on either side of the issue have aligned in support of the true moral imperative—women’s and children’s health. Roye’s book points us towards a solution and details the unlikely alliances and religious coalitions that are already working together to protect women’s health, including access to contraception and abortion.

This book supports neither pro-life nor pro-choice sentiments. Instead, it effectively affirms why we must move beyond the tired political debate and find common ground in order to protect the lives of women and children.

A Woman’s Right to Know is a stirring must-read for anyone concerned with women’s rights, as well as those who want to be better informed about this critical public health issue.

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About the Author :

Dr. Carol Roye is a well-known researcher in reproductive health who specializes in issues pertinent to adolescents, including teen pregnancy prevention and working with mothers of pregnant and parenting teens to improve outcomes for their daughters. She was also awarded a prestigious research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study HIV/AIDS prevention. Her work has been featured by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and appears in the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. She has appeared on radio and television to talk about adolescent and women’s health issues and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Roye is a Professor of Nursing at Hunter College in New York City and a practicing pediatric nurse practitioner. She splits her professional time between research, teaching and her clinical practice providing reproductive health care to adolescent girls in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. She is the author of many publications on a range of topics in adolescent reproductive health, including Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexuality: Assessment and Interventions, a popular book for professionals who work with teenagers around issues of sexuality.

She is the mother of six children, the last adopted from a Romanian orphanage, and the grandmother of twelve.

You can learn more about Carol and her work at www.CarolRoye.com.

Review :

“Carol Roye draws on public health and history to tell the story of abortion and contraception in America, a story which needs retelling for younger Americans inheriting the country’s battles over these topics. Through depiction of the changing stances and shifting moral interpretations of different churches and groups, she reveals that the harsh moment in which we find ourselves stuck is not inevitable, and that the contest is fundamentally a political one.”
-Wendy Chavkin MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health and Obstetrics-Gynecology; Heilbrunn Dept of Population and Family Health and Dept Obstetrics-Gynecology; Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons; Columbia University

“Pitch perfect! Roye tells it all and tell is it extremely well. Grounded in her own experience as a nurse, hard data and her skills as a researcher this short easy-to-read book documents the horrific consequences of denying women the right to contraception, abortion and control over their own bodies. Roye moves beyond descriptions to reveal how women’s health was sacrificed to the interests of power, politics and professional interests. A Woman’s Right to Know is a must read for anyone interested in preventing maternal deaths and child abuse, reducing health care costs and otherwise ending the war on women’s reproductive rights.”
-Mimi Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Drawing on her extensive clinical experience as a nurse and educator, Professor Carol Roye makes an impassioned case for the benefits of safe and accessible contraception and abortion to American women and their families. Drawing on the long and often tortured political history of this issue, she also reminds us that advancing reproductive health and rights is not just a moral obligation to protect women rights but also a fundamental tool to fight poverty and promote overall well-being.”
-Ellen Chesler author of Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America

“How did we get to a place where even family planning is a controversial issue, despite the indisputable evidence showing that it saves and improves the quality of lives of women and children? A Woman’s Right to Know lays out this evidence and an explanation of why women’s rights to abortion and family planning are under siege. As a researcher and women’s health nurse practitioner, Dr. Roye has written a compelling story of the history of the politicization of reproductive rights for women in the U.S. that is filled with surprises and is a must-read for anyone who cares about the lives of women and children.”
-Diana Mason, President of the American Academy of Nursing

“Did you know that early feminists opposed abortion? Or that doctors were more likely to perform the procedure on unmarried women? Can you remember when most of the abortion debates were between doctors, over matters of technique? This book is bound to deepen your understanding of the abortion wars and humanize an issue surrounded by partisan fury.”
--Corinna Barnard, Editor, Women’s eNews

“Carol Roye has provided critical documentation and analysis of the history and current realities and barriers to reproductive health. Interweaving her own complex experience of compassionate care, compelling case illuminations of how forces outside of the lives and bodies of real girls and women constrain choice, and a comprehensive retelling of what was and what is at stake in reproductive justice, this book is a must read for all of us.”
-Deborah Tolman, EdD, Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

“A Women&srquo;s Right to Know provides a comprehensive picture of the politics behind the increasing number of assaults on reproductive freedom. Roye’s book not only shines a light on the untold story of women’s health, but shows us a way forward on steps we can take to reclaim it.”
---Vicki Breitbart, EdD,LCSW, Director, Health Advocacy, Graduate Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, Professor, Perspectives on Reproductive Health at New York University

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