The Last Safe Abortion
Carmen Winant
(SPBH Editions)


Available to preorder - this title is due to release in May.

Focusing on the near-fifty-year period in which abortion was legal in the United States (1973–2022), The Last Safe Abortion recognises the care, advocacy, and community-building of abortion workers. Artist Carmen Winant draws from over a dozen personal, organisational, and institutional archives from across the Midwest, in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Ohio. The photographs themselves are surprisingly regular: women answer the phone, sterilize medical equipment, throw staff birthday parties, offer workshops, and schedule appointments. In centring the tender, quotidian, and routine acts that inform this healthcare work, Winant works to counter the ways anti-choice activists have weaponised photography by proposing a visuality that attends to abortion care. The Last Safe Abortion presents a selection of this vast collection of photographs, accompanied by a text by Winant.

This publication coincides with the complementary new edition of My Birth. Purchase My Birth here.

Spiral bound flexicover
30.5 x 22 cm, 172 pages

ISBN 978-1-739606-75-6
April 2024
€50 £45 $50