A PRIVATE MATTER: RU 486 and the Abortion Crisis by Lawrence Lader. 257 pp. Prometheus Books (1995).
In A Private Matter, Lawrence Lader, a leader in the fight for women's rights and for FDA approval of RU 486, spotlights the struggle for abortion rights, discusses the recent brutal clinic murders in Pensacola and Boston, and argues that RU 486 could markedly reduce the number of clinical abortions by making the termination of pregnancy a "private matter."
Lader writes: "Although this concentration on RU 486 may be a gamble, almost every important strategy since the movement [women's movement] started has been an equal gamble. This book will analyze the early days of abortion rights to compare past strategies to the present campaign for the pill. It will conclude that the mounting pressure on clinics through assassinations and firebombings, as well as heightened anti-abortion sentiment in Congress, makes it essential to guarantee the privacy of all women. Privacy is the key to the future; it inextricably links RU 486 to the women's movement. It is the thesis of this book that success of each depends on the success of the other."
A Private Matter is a well-written, well-researched, thought-provoking book. It is a must read for all who are concerned with how the Radical Religious Rights' anti-reproductive rights agenda impacts on the goal of women's equality.