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On the Web: Articles

Facts on Induced Abortion World Wide. Guttmacher Institute (10/07).

A Tragic Death & Other Tragic Deaths. Juan Cole (4/1/05).

Has Violence Killed the Anti-Abortion Movement? Jeff Stein, Salon (4/28/99).

Legal But...Framing the Ethics of Abortion Rights. Marlene Gerber Fried, Resist Newsletter (4/98).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Abortion Access Project.

Abortion Rights Struggle.

Alan Guttmacher Institute.

Atheist & Agnostic Pro-Life League.

California Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League (CARAL).

Catholic Information Network.

Democrats for Life of America.

Eagle Forum.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online.


International Planned Parenthood Federation.

National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).

National Right to Life.


Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Pregnancy Centers Online.

Priests for Life.

Texans for Life Coalition.

Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion.

Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)

In the Library: Articles

Dahlberg, Charles C. ""Abortion," in Ralph Slovenko (ed.) Sexual Behavior & the Law (Springfield IL: Charles Thomas, 1965).

Guiden, Mary. "Abortion's guerrilla war," Nation (6/26/00):6-7. On "pro-life" activities of Texas-based Life Dynamics, Inc.

Orrick, Phyllis. "Pro-fight: the uses & misuses of the abortion debate," Berkeley Express 20,41 (7/17/98).

Paley, Rebecca. "End of the road: in the twilight of his career, one of the oldest living late-term abortion doctors tells all," Mother Jones (9-10/03):83-87.

Pollitt, Katha. “In the middle of the muddle,” Nation (5/25/92):718. Debate on abortion.

__________. "With facts on our side," Nation (11/5/07).

Schoen, Johanna. "Reconceiving abortion: medical practice, women's access, & feminist politics before & after Roe vs. Wade," Feminist Studies 26 (2000):349-76.

Terry, Randall A. "Operation rescue: the civil rights movement of the 90s," Policy Review 47 (win 89).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bandarage, Asoka. Women, Population & Global Crisis (London: Zed, 1997).

Bernardin, Cardinal Joseph. The Seamless Garment (Kansas City: National Catholic Reporter, 1984).

Blanchard, Dallas A. The Anti-Abortion Movement & the Rise of the Religious Right: From Polite to Fiery Protest (NY: Twayne, 1994).

Calderone, Mary (ed.) Abortion in the US (NY: Harper's, 1958).

Cuneo, Michael W. Catholics Against the Church: Anti-Abortion Protest in Toronto, 1969-1985 (Toronto: U. Toronto, 1989).

Davis, Nanette. From Crime to Choice: The Transformation of Abortion in America (Westport CT: Greenwood, 1985).

Dennehy, Raymond. Anti-Abortionists at Large: How to Debate Abortion Intelligently & Live to Talk About It (Victoria BC: Trafford, 2002).

Doerr, Edd & James W. Prescott. Abortion Rights & Fetal "Personhood" (Washington: Americans for Religious Liberty, 199?).

Dombrowski, Daniel A. Babies & Beasts: The Argument from Marginal Cases (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1997).

__________ & Robert Deltete. A Brief, Liberal, Catholic Defense of Abortion (Urbana: U. Illinois, 2000).

Everett, Carol with Jack Shaw. Blood Money: Getting Rich Off a Woman's Right to Choose (Sisters OR: Multnomah, 1992).

Faúndes, Aníbal & José S. Barzelatto. The Human Drama of Abortion: A Global Search for Consensus (Nashville TN: Vanderbilt U., 2006).

Ferree, Myra Marx & Others. Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy & the Public Sphere in Germany & the US (NY: Cambridge, 2002).

Garrow, David J. Liberty & Sexuality: The Right to Privacy & the Making of Roe v. Wade (NY: Macmillan, 1994).

Gentles, Ian (ed.) A Time to Choose Life: Women, Abortion & Human Rights (Toronto: Stoddart, 1990).

Ginsburg, Faye. Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community (Berkeley: U. of California, 1989).

Gorney, Cynthia. Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000).

Grossman, Atina. Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control & Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (NY: Oxford, 1995).

Guinn, Melani Gail. Figuring the Fetus: A Rhetorical Analysis of American Anti-Abortion Discourse in the 19th & 20th C. (unpub. PhD.; U. of California, Berkeley, 1996).

Hall, Robert E. (ed.) Abortion in a Changing World (2 vols.; NY: Columbia, 1970).

Jascalevich, Mario. The Abortionist: by Dr. X as Told to Lucy Freeman (NY: Grove, 1963).

Luker, Kristin. Abortion & the Politics of Motherhood (Bereley: U. of California, 1985).

Maguire, D.C. (ed.) Sacred Rights: The Case for Contraception & Abortion in World Religions (NY: Oxford, 2003).

Mason, Carol. Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-Life Politics (Ithaca NY: Cornell, 2002). Relates language of anti-abortion movement to that of White supremacy.

Matthewes-Green, Frederica. Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion (Ben Lomond CA: Conciliar, 1997).

Merton, Andrew H. Enemies of Choice: The Right-to-Life Movement & Its Threat to Abortion (Boston: Beacon, 1981).

Moskowitz, Mark L. The Haunting Fetus: Abortion, Sexuality & the Spirit World in Taiwan (Honolulu: U. of Hawai'i, 2001).

O'Reilly, Emily. Masterminds of the Right (Dublin: Attic, 1992).

Overstreet, Edwin W. (ed.) Therapeutic Abortion & Sterilization (NY: Harper & Row, 1964).

Paige, Connie. The Right to Lifers: Who They Are, How They Operate, & Where They Get Their Money (NY: Summit, 1983).

Petchesky, Rosalind. Abortion & Woman's Choice: The State, Sexuality, & Reproductive Freedom [1984] (Boston: Northeastern U, 1990).

Purdy, Laura M. Reproducing Persons. Issues in Feminist Bioethics (Ithaca: Cornell, 1996).

Reagan, Leslie J. When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, & Law in the US, 1867-1973 (Berkeley: U. California, 1996).

Reiter, Jerry. Live from the Gates of Hell: An Insider's Look at the Antiabortion Underground (Amherst NY: Prometheusl, 2000).

Rosen, Harold (ed.) Therapeutic Abortion (NY: Julian, 1954).

Saletan, William. Rearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War (Berkeley: University of California, 2003).

Schroedel, Jean Reith. Is the Fetus a Person? A Comparison of Policies Across the Fifty States (Ithaca: Cornell, 2000).

Smith, David T. (ed.) Abortion & the Law (Cleveland: Case Western Reserve, 1967).

Solinger, Rickie. Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy & Race before Roe v. Wade (NY: Routledge, 1992).

__________. The Abortionist. A Woman Against the Law (Berkeley: U. California, 1996).

__________. Beggars & Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, & Welfare in the US (NY: Hill & Wang, 2001). Explores the heavy cost to the reproductive rights movement of the shift in the 80s to a middle-class rhetoric "choice".

Wagner, Theresa A.(ed.) Back to the Drawing Board: The Future of the Pro-Life Movement (South Bend IN: St. Augustine's, 2003).

Wicklund, Susan with Alan Kesselheim. This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor (NY: Public Affairs, 2007). Invaluable, clear-headed memoir of a humane practitioner at work in the teeth of a never-ending storm.

Yarnold, Barbara. Abortion Politics in the Federal Courts: Right vs. Right (Westport CT: Praeger, 1975).

X, Dr. The Abortionist, by Dr. X as told to Lucy Freeman (NY: Doubleday, 1962).

In the Library: Fiction

Ebersole, Lucinda & Richard Peabody (eds.) Coming to Terms: A Literary Response to Abortion (NY: New Press, 1994).

Fast, Howard. The Trial of Abigail Goodman (NY: Crown, 1993).

Ferriss, Lucy. The Misconceiver: A Novel (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1997).

McKinney-Whetstone, Diane. Leaving Cecil Street (NY: William Morrow, 2004).

Frucht, Abby. Are You Mine? (NY: Grove, 1993).

Irving, John. The Cider House Rules: A Novel (NY: Morrow, 1985).

Patterson, Richard North. Protect & Defend (NY: Ballantine, 2001).

Piercy, Marge. Braided Lives: A Novel [1982] (NY: Ballantine, 1997).

Robinson, Sue. The Amendment: A Novel (NY: Birch Lane, 1990).

Rosenblatt, Roger. Abortion in the American Mind (NY: Random House, 1992).

Townsend, Sue. Ghost Children (NY: Soho, 1998).

Warner, Sharon Oard. Deep in the Heart (NY: Dial, 2000).

Wertenbaker, Lael Tucker. The Afternoon Women (Boston: Little, Brown, 1966)

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CD & Audio

Film & Video

"4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" [2007], dir. Cristian Mungiu, 113m. Story of an illegal abortion in 1987 Romania.

"Back-Alley Detroit: Abortion Before Roe v. Wade" [?], dir. Daniel Friedman & Sharon Grimberg, 47m. From Filmakers Library.

"Casting the First Stone" [1991 ], dir. Julie Gustafson, 54m. From First Run/Icarus.

"Citizen Ruth" [1997], dir. Alexander Payne, 105m. In video stores.

"Cora Unashamed" [2000], dir. Deborah M. Pratt, 120m. Moving drama of a Black family surviving poverty & racism in small-town Iowa before & during Depression, including vivid portrayal of circumstances & consequences of an illegal abortion.

"Dear Doctor Spencer: Abortion in a Small Town" [?], dir. Danielle Renfrew & Beth Seltzer, 25m. From Concentric Media.

"The Fragile Promise of Choice" [1996], by Dorothy Fadiman, Daniel Meyers & Beth Seltzer, 57m. From Women Make Movies.

"From Danger To Dignity: The Fight For Safe Abortion" [?], dir. Dorothy Fadiman, Beth Seltzer & Daniel Meyers, 57m. From Concentric Media.

"I Witness" [1998], dir. Janet Goldwater & Barbara Attie, 57m. From Cinema Guild. Impact on community of murder of abortion providers in Pensacola, FL.

"If These Walls Could Talk" [1996 ], dir. Nancy Savoca & Cher, 95m. In video stores. Vignettes about abortion in 1950s, 70s & 90s.

"Jane: An Abortion Service" [?], dir. dir. Kate Kirtz & Nell Lundy, 60m. From Women Make Movies.

"Leona's Sister Gerri" [?], dir. Jane Gillooly, 57m. From New Day Films.

"Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortions" [?], dir. Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater & Diane Pontius, 30m. From Cinema Guild.

"Vera Drake" [2004], dir. Mike Leigh, 125m. In video stores. Family life, work, character & trial of a kindly British provider of illegal abortions in 1950s.

"When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories" [?], dir. Dorothy Fadiman, 28m. From Concentric Media.


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