A Woman's Life is a Human Life: Felicia Kornbluh in conversation with Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Please join us as we welcome Felicia Kornbluh to Phoenix Books in Burlington for a discussion of her new book, A Woman's Life is a Human Life: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the Journey from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice.  Dr. Kornbluh will be in conversation with Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale

This January marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade. But rather than celebrating, Americans find themselves once again in the situation where the state you live in dictates your access to reproductive care. Despite positive outcomes in the midterm elections, where voters in blue states and red backed reproductive liberty, the fight continues. Anyone who cares about the fate of reproductive rights today can look to Kornbluh’s dynamic, surprising, and highly readable book for insight and hope.

A Woman's Life Is a Human Life is the story of the movements that transformed the politics of reproductive rights: the fight to decriminalize abortion and the campaign against sterilization abuse, at a time when sterilization was disproportionately proposed as birth control to Black, Latinx, and poor women. Their victories occurred just before and after Roe v. Wade, and their histories cast new light on the case and the fate of reproductive rights and justice today. From dissident Democrats and members of a rising feminist movement who refashioned abortion laws, to progressive ministers and rabbis who led the nation's largest abortion referral service, to Puerto Rican activists who introduced sterilization abuse to the reproductive rights agenda and Black women who took the cause global, A Woman's Life Is a Human Life chronicles how activists changed the law and demanded reproductive justice. The first in-depth study of a winning campaign to change a state's abortion law, with firsthand accounts and previously unseen sources--including from her mother, who drafted New York's law decriminalizing abortion, and across-the-hall neighbor, Dr. Helen Rodríguez-Trías, a Puerto Rican doctor and leader in the movement against sterilization abuse--Felicia Kornbluh shows how grassroots action overcame the odds--and how it might work today.

Felicia Kornbluh is Professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and an affiliated faculty member in Jewish Studies, at the University of Vermont. She is the author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America and coauthor, with Gwendolyn Mink, of Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective. She is a former board member of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and current board vice president of the Planned Parenthood of Vermont Action Fund. Kornbluh lives in Williston, VT with her spouse and two black cats.

DATE:  Sunday, February 26th at 2:00pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington

TICKETS:  $3.  Your ticket comes with a coupon for $3 off any of the author's books.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Tickets can be purchased at the registration link below, or at the door. 

BOOKS:  Signed copies of A Woman's Life is a Human Life will be available at the event. Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy of A Woman's Life Is a Human Life?  Click HERE.  Copies will be available after the event on February 26th.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.