Obstacle Course tells the story of abortion in America, capturing a disturbing reality of insurmountable barriers people face when trying to exercise their legal rights to medical services. Authors David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe lay bare the often arduous and unnecessarily burdensome process of terminating a pregnancy: the sabotaged decision-making, clinics in remote locations, insurance bans, harassing protesters, forced ultrasounds and dishonest medical information, arbitrary waiting periods, and unjustified procedure limitations.
Carole Joffe is a professor in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Davis. She has written several other books on abortion.
David S. Cohen is a professor of law at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law, reproductive rights, and gender and the law. Prior to teaching, Cohen was a staff attorney at the Women's Law Project. He is currently on the board of the Women's Law Project and the Abortion Care Network. His previous book is Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.