Deep Care: The Radical Activists Who Provided Abortions, Defied the Law, and Fought to Keep Clinics Open

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5.1 X 7.8 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Angela Hume is a feminist historian, literary critic, and poet. She is the author of two poetry books, Interventions for Women (2021) and Middle Time (2016), and co-editor of the book Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field (2018). Her essays and interviews appear in Contemporary Literature, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Lana Turner, and others. She teaches writing at University of California, Berkeley.

"A vibrant account of the largely underground history of women's abortion clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area...Hume's 'snowball research' method -- interviewing activists who introduced her to more activists -- gives her narrative a lively and conversational feel as she coaxes this secretive network, which for decades defied laws restricting abortion and the practice of medicine, to divulge its history. A revelatory new perspective on the fight for women's bodily autonomy." Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Hume reveals a fascinating history and a collection of moving personal stories at a time when reproductive rights are more uncertain than they've been in the past 50 years." Booklist

"This is a fearless and necessary work of history keyed to the dangerous days we live in. Deep Care draws on the deep wisdom of those who have been long in the struggle to defend bodily autonomy and radical self-determination. To transmit that knowledge across the generations is itself an act of revolution. Read this book--but more importantly, use this book. We all need to be down for the cause, more deeply now than ever." Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution

"An important record of the secret history of how an eclectic gathering of women poets, musicians, community-based health care workers, grassroots activists, and visionary volunteers created underground abortion service provision in Oakland and fought to defend clinics as Roe v Wade was won and then eroded. Reminds and inspires us to see the treasure of creative collective solutions." Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

"A well-researched historical book documenting that women will do whatever is necessary--legally or illegally--to control their bodies. A much-needed deep examination of the intersections of white supremacy, misogyny, and class not often offered in books about abortion politics ... Certainly worth the read and should be taught in every Gender and Women's Studies course." Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and MacArthur Fellow

"Deep Care is a passionately researched, intimate look at the real work feminists did on the ground to create a standard of health care for people who need abortions. I felt so tremendously inspired learning about these grassroots champions and so grateful for both their dedication and for Angela Hume's telling of their story." Michelle Tea, author of Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)fertility

"Providing a roadmap and a radical vision, Angela Hume's Deep Care holds up the truest meanings of bodily sovereignty and community self-reliance, crucial concepts as we face the consequences of recent Supreme Court decisions and the fact that Roe v. Wade was never enough." Rickie Solinger, co-author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and co-editor of Fighting Mad: Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade