The Death of Rights
By Stephen Singular
St. Martin’s Press, $16.99, 357 pages
George Tiller was a physician from Wichita, Kansas. He was the medical director of the Women’s Health Care Services Clinic in Wichita. This clinic was one of three in the country that performed abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy. On May 21, 2009, Dr. George Tiller was murdered. And so begins this story of abortion, religion, and sexuality across the United States.
In A Death in Wichita, Stephen Singular tells the story of abortion across the world and how this topic has become so politically charged and controversial. Singular uses Tiller’s story, and others, to describe the state of control women have over their bodies and how the government plays a role. The author describes a civil war that has polarized, and, he predicts, will continue to tear apart the United States. Singular tries to show both sides of the argument, though he leans on the side of women, who, he determines, should be able to control their lives.
This is a stirring book about the role abortion plays in all of our lives, and how one man was murdered because of it. If you are or ever have been interested in the rights of women or as citizens of the world, this is a must read.
Reviewed By Liz Friedman