All You Have To Do Is Call, a review by Shelley

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Kerri Maher

Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
368 Pages
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β€œThe decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her dignity … When the government controls that decision for women, women are being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I liked the different points of view in this book, it gave an inside look to both sides of the abortion debate, although the book is more pro-choice than pro-life. I liked that it took a side and explained the reasons why very clearly. The book explores the problems of patriarchy throughout women’s history, especially in the United States. Imagine having to ask permission from your husband to get birth control!? Or not being able to get the pill because you are not married or engaged because “good girls” don’t need it. I found the information and characters’ stories so interesting that the 368 pages just flew by.

Although the book is fiction it is impeccably researched and the emotions the story evokes blew me away. I loved how one of the women is pregnant while doing abortions, showing the contrast that women who are pro-choice can be mothers and love children as well…There are even women with fertility issues and those who have had miscarriages that still believe in freedom of choice in this book and in real life.

This book is very timely and topical with Roe vs. Wade recently being overturned in the United States. How sad is it that history is repeating itself? I am so glad I live in Canada where women are treated as human beings and not incubators and abortion is considered healthcare and is government funded

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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