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Jan. 17, 2007

Jacob Tackles Abortion Issues In Jan. 30 'Live From Prairie Lights' Taping

Reproductive rights activist and journalist Krista Jacob will read from the new book she edited, "Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the reading, which will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Admission is free.

As part of the new Iowa Public Radio programming, hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI, AM 640 WOI and AM 1010 KRNI. A program will also be broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI.

Jacob, a longtime advocate for reproductive rights and a former abortion counselor, compiled writings by a diverse group of pro-choice activists to present the current issues facing the pro-choice movement.

Penny Lane, director of the Abortion Diaries, wrote, "This book will challenge you, infuriate you, sadden you, empower you, and freak you out. Most of all, it will inspire you to start a new conversation about abortion -- even if you thought you never wanted to talk about that again."

And Rickie Solinger, author of "Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America" called the anthology "An amazing array of clarifying voices, each one confronting, explaining, and embracing the paradoxes, the ambiguities, and the possibilities of reproductive rights and reproductive justice in the United States today."

Jacob has a master's degree in women's studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, which recently honored her with its Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Alumni. She worked as an advocate and counselor for victims of rape and domestic violence for more than a decade. At the Midwest Health Center for Women she provides abortion counseling for women and girls, as well as indecision counseling for women coping with unplanned pregnancies.

She is the editor of "Our Choices, Our Lives: Unapologetic Writings on Abortion," and the editor/founder of Sexing the Political: A Journal of Third Wave Feminists on Sexuality.

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