Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement

October 30, 2020
Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement

Tiny You tells the story of one of the most successfulpolitical movements of the twentieth century: the grassrootscampaign against legalized abortion. While Americans have rapidlychanged their minds about sex education, pornography, arts funding,gay teachers, and ultimately gay marriage, opposition to legalizedabortion has only grown. As other socially conservative movementshave lost young activists, the pro-life movement has successfullyrecruited more young people to their cause. Jennifer L. Hollandexplores why abortion dominates conservative politics like no othercultural issue. Looking at anti-abortion movements in four westernstates since the 1960s--turning to the fetal pins passed aroundchurch services, the graphic images exchanged between friends, andthe fetus dolls given to children in school--she argues thatactivists made fetal life feel personal to many Americans. Pro-lifeactivists persuaded people to see themselves in the pins, images,and dolls they held in their hands and made the fight againstabortion the primary bread-and-butter issue for socialconservatives. Holland ultimately demonstrates that the success ofthe pro-life movement lies in the borrowed logic and emotionalpower of leftist activism.