Pro-Voice (Paperback)

How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight

By Aspen Baker

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781626561106, 240pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2015



Dialogue, Not Dogma

When Aspen Baker had an abortion at the age of twenty-four, she felt caught between the warring pro-life and pro-choice factions, with no safe space to share her feelings.

In this hopeful and moving book, Baker describes how she and Exhale, the organization she cofounded, developed their "pro-voice" philosophy and the creative approaches they employed to help women and men have respectful, compassionate exchanges about even this most controversial of topics. She shows how pro-voice can be adopted by anyone interested in replacing ideological gridlock with empathetic conversation. Peace, in this perspective, isn't a world without conflict but one where conflict can be engaged in--fiercely and directly--without dehumanizing ourselves or our opponents.