MAY CAUSE LOVE: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion
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At age nineteen, Kassi Underwood discovered she was pregnant. Broke, unwed, struggling with alcohol, and a thousand miles away from home, she checked into an abortion clinic. Afterward, to her surprise, she felt free.
Three years later, after settling into a sober life at her dream job, she felt unfulfilled and started thinking about the pregnancy she didn't keep. When her ex-boyfriend had a baby with someone else, she shattered. But in the depths of a blinding depression, Kassi refused to believe she would "never get over" her abortion.
Inspired by rebellious women in history who used spiritual practices to attain emotional freedom, Kassi embarked on a journey of healing after abortion—a road trip across the United States with pit stops at a Buddhist "water baby" ritual, a Roman Catholic retreat for abortion staffed with picketers, a crash course in grief from a Planned Parenthood counselor, a night in a motel with a "Midwife for the Soul," a Jewish "wild woman" celebration hosted by a wise and zany rabbi, and a wedding ceremony.
Dazzling with warmth and leavened by humor, this absorbing memoir captures one woman's journey self-discovery that enraged her, changed her, and ultimately enlightened her.
PRAISE FOR MAY CAUSE LOVE
"I'm so glad this book exists. Rarely do we get to see a woman wrestling so honestly and openly with the complicated nature of what it means to have a choice."
—SARAH HEPOLA, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout
"A profoundly compelling and necessary book. While reading May Cause Love, I found myself continually shocked that such a book has not already been written, that this experience shared by so many women in this country is not already available in myriad variations in every bookstore in America. But thank God a writer of such talent has finally told it; I can't imagine a more honest and thoughtful treatment of this subject."
—MELISSA FEBOS, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me
"An instant classic for a new generation of feminists. With wisdom, compassion, and clarity, May Cause Love is a blazing arc of hope that points us to deeper questions about abortion and God—and more than a few radiant answers."
—LEAH VINCENT, author of Cut Me Loose
"Hip, hilarious, and poignant—as well as politically astute."
—SUSAN SHAPIRO, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked and Five Men Who Broke My Heart
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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: In 2017, Kassi is holding a seminar in the northeastern United States for people who have experienced abortion. Want to come? Please click HERE, scroll down to the event listing, and join the mailing list.
Kassi Underwood grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic online, The Rumpus, Refinery29, and Guernica. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she taught for three years on the faculty of the Undergraduate Writing Program. She speaks about personal transformation, the spirituality of abortion, and social justice. She has lectured at colleges nationwide, addressed religious communities, and appeared as a guest on MSNBC, Fusion, and HuffPost Live. A masters student at Harvard Divinity School, she lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.