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     Evergreen Gold Medal for World Peace by Living Now Awards

     IPPY Bronze Medal for Current Events (Social Issues/Humanitarian) by Independent Publisher Awards


Pro-voice featured in:

“Baker’s message to activists is powerful: when we hear one another as people and not as enemies, we create a world in which authenticity and innovation can help us find a way past entrenched obstacles to social change.”
— Publishers Weekly
“In ‘Pro-Voice,’ Aspen Baker passionately and intelligently states that what the country needs to stop the abortion wars is compassion, understanding, and human interaction...As I was reading Baker’s book, what really struck me is how simple yet totally profound her message is.”
— Erin Enders, Bustle

Watch Aspen give the first-ever TED Talk about abortion in May 2015:

See Aspen and Exhale featured in Mashable's Real Miss America Series:

Listen to Aspen on the radio with Angie Coiro and with Drew marshall

What people are saying:

“In a world where everyone forces you to chose a side around abortion, ‘Pro-Voice’ challenges all of us to put empathy first and ideology second. Aspen Baker radically reframes our current culture war over abortion by putting stories first. By centering the voices of women, Baker clearly explains that actual conversation—not preaching or stonewalling—is the only way to move forward.”
— Latoya Peterson, feminist, activist, owner and editor of
“The best social and policy change begins with having discussion in the real world with real people. In this book, Aspen shows us a way to listen to women in a deeper way, creating a space for us to see the complexity of experiences with abortion. These are the kinds of spaces that will helps us reach across the divisions that often separates us and see the humanity in each other. Bravo Aspen and pro-voice!”
— Eveline Shen, MPH, Executive Director of Forward Together
“The abortion debate—or rather, stand-off—is one of the most polarizing in our polarized country. ‘Pro-Voice’ creates humane connection across the passion-filled gulf that divides abortion conversations, then, as Jonathan Powell has also written recently, ‘There is no conflict in the world that cannot be solved.’ If that is not a reason for hope, what is?”
— Michael Nagler, Author of Search for a Nonviolent Future and The Nonviolence Handbook and President, Metta Center for Nonviolence
“In ‘Pro-Voice,’ Aspen Baker raises a bold mandate that we hear people’s abortion stories and imagines a world in which abortion is understood not through conflict but through empathy, regardless of one’s politics. Baker shows, despite the loud rhetoric, personal experiences with abortion are rarely spoken, and even more rarely are they compassionately heard. Proudly defying political categorization, ‘Pro-Voice’ challenges everyone to step away from the fight in favor of deeper understanding. This is a most courageous and necessary book.”
— Marjorie Jolles, PhD, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Roosevelt University
“We have less and less authentic spaces for dialogue in our country, yet Aspen Baker has taken the power of listening into the most contentious of territories, the abortion debate. She shown that the stories that emerge when someone feels respected and safe enough to share them have the power to heal. We can choose to listen, and if we do, perhaps we can create a healthier society.”

— Joe Lambert, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Digital Storytelling
“In ‘Pro-Voice,’ Aspen Baker shows us how to make America’s abortion wars a relic of the past. Sharing and listening can heal old wounds and generate a new understanding and respect for this deeply personal issue.”
— U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore
“Thank you, Aspen, for asking the global community to create an environment of compassionate pro-voice dialogue around this ubiquitous, incendiary issue. May this book birth the healing we all need.”
— Deborah Santana, Author, Philanthropist, and Founder of Do A Little
“The Pro-Voice Movement Aspen Baker founded in Exhale is based on the idea that we are all storytellers, with the right to our own stories; specifically that every woman has the right to her own feelings about the experience of abortion, whatever they might be. As a journalist who writes about reproductive rights, I truly believe this approach is the only way to bridge a divide in this country that is putting woman’s lives in peril”
— Liz Welch, award-winning journalist and author of The Kids Are All Right and I Will Always Write Back
“In this wise and compassionate book, Aspen Baker makes clear how strange it is that the people who battle over abortion policy rarely hear the stories of women who have actually had abortions. With sensitivity and insight, she shows that people’s personal stories can transform the debate. ‘Pro-Voice’ is smart, provocative, and, finally, heartening.”

— Francesca Polletta, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine and Author, It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics
“Starting with her own story, Aspen Baker demonstrates why it is vital for women who have abortions to take the lead in talking about their own experiences. Regardless of our own understanding, we need to learn to really hear their stories—in all of their complexities, without judgment and with compassion. ‘Pro-Voice’ shows us how listening transforms not just the issue of abortion, but also on a whole other range of issues deemed controversial.”
— Margaret Hempel, Director, Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice, Ford Foundation
“We’ve made great progress on tough social issues by sharing our stories authentically. ‘Pro-Voice’ dives into that topic and makes it actionable. If you’re an organizer it’s a must read in 2015!”
— Raven Brooks, Executive Director, Netroots Nation
“Aspen Baker’s sharply insightful new book illuminates the refreshing—and groundbreaking—attitude she takes toward abortion, a stance that embraces the emotional complexity of women’s abortion experiences and reveals the discussion’s many gray areas that are so often obscured by political gamesmanship.”

— Martha Shane, Filmmaker, “After Tiller”
“Aspen Baker is a vital and important voice for compassion in the issue of abortion. I am so grateful she is elevating and continuing to shine light on this conversation.”
— Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder
“Pro-Voice is a testament to Aspen Baker’s belief in the power of women’s stories. Aspen knows that when women are allowed to share their authentic experiences honestly and without judgment—be they triumphant, tragic, messy or glorious—that act has the capacity to heal, educate and transform the way we understand critical issues.”

— Tamara Winfrey-Harris, author, "The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America"
“Aspen and Exhale have had a huge influence on my thinking as an abortion rights activist—and as a person.”

— Jennifer Baumgardner, creator of the I Had an Abortion Project and Executive Director of the Feminist Press