Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight To Protect Abortion in America

Highbridge Audio. Apr. 2022. 9:15 hrs. ISBN 9781696607780. $14.95. SOC SCI
As our nation wrestles with the fallout of the Supreme Court decision in June 2022 reversing the right to a legal abortion, this title tells of the thousands of brave men and women who literally put their bodies on the line for women to have access to legal, safe abortions. This is a little-known part of the abortion rights story and one that might be lost to time if not recounted in books like this one. Writer and speaker Rankin was one of the volunteers who escorted patients and clinic staff through the throngs of angry anti-abortion protestors. The firsthand stories of playing cat and mouse with organized protestors, trying to guess where they would attack, and beating them to the location in the days without cell phones is riveting. Narrator Kate Udall is an excellent choice for this book. Her tone and cadence perfectly match the passion and solemnity of the topic.
VERDICT Recommended for medium and large public libraries and any other libraries where women’s issues are strong circulators.
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