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NEW BOOK SHARES WOMEN'S PERSONAL DECISIONS ABOUT ABORTION

 SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the attention focused on Operation Rescue's national campaign to attack abortion clinics this month, the public has yet to hear from real women about their personal experiences with abortion. In a remarkable new collection of stories, "Our Choices: Women's Personal Decisions About Abortion" (Sumi Hoshiko, July 1993, The Haworth Press Inc., New York), 16 women frankly discuss everything from their sex lives and relationships, the circumstances surrounding their unintentional pregnancy and decision, to their upbringing and how it shaped their attitudes regarding birth control and abortion.
 Women may be opposed to abortion until they are personally faced with an unwanted pregnancy. "My kids -- we had even marched in front of abortion centers. We carried the banners, went up there on Mother's Day. One day I thought we were going to get carried off by the police," confesses "Peggy," one of the women interviewed by Hoshiko.
 While women may not talk about it, abortion in the United States is quite common. Annually over 1.5 million women have abortions in this country, and nearly half of all American women will have an abortion before menopause. This book challenges the public and those who would debate the issue to acknowledge the prevalence of abortion, and to address the reasons that many women have had in making the decision to have an abortion at some point in their lives.
 Dr. Michael Policar, vice president of medical affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., observed, "The stories are honest and compelling ... retold by an author who has spent years helping women to deal with their pregnancies."
 "Required reading for policymakers ..." suggested Sara Miles, senior editor at Mother Jones. "Unique and insightful ... A book about women which every man should read," commented Thomas C. Kring, chief executive officer, Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council Inc.
 "Our Choices" is written for anyone interested in the debate on abortion, including health professionals, women who are considering or have had an abortion, their partners and other support persons.
 Hoshiko is a former counselor and supervisor of abortion services at Planned Parenthood Alameda-San Francisco.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Call 415-285-2018 for a review copy./
 /CONTACT: Sumi Hoshiko, 415-285-2018, or Sandra Jones Sickels of The Haworth Press, 607-722-5857/


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