This is a guide to finding library and other resources on the topic of abortion.
Representative subject headings for locating books include the following:
- Abortion Government Policy United States
- Abortion History
- Abortion Law And Legislation
- Abortion Law And Legislation United States
- Abortion Moral And Ethical Aspects
- Abortion Political Aspects United States
- Abortion Psychological Aspects
- Abortion Religious Aspects
- Abortion Services
- Abortion United States
- Pro Choice Movement
- Pro Life Movement
Bibliography of Bioethics. 1975 – 2009.
Indexes and abstracts periodical articles, books, documents and AV sources in bioethics. To use this classified subject index, consult the contents for a listing of subjects, which include abortion, embryo and fetal research, and fetuses. Sci/Eng Reference Z6675 E8 B53.
ProQuest bibliography of current research.
Abortion from the Religious and Moral Perspective: An Annotated Bibliography. 2003.
Topically arranged annotated bibliography on the intersection of abortion with religion and morality. Includes such topics as personhood and the status of the fetus, abortion in religious thought, and the Christian church and the abortion controversy. Contains citations to books, journal articles, book essays, dissertations, and materials on the World Wide Web. Mugar Z6671.2 A2 J64 2003. Storage: Use Request Form
The Anti-abortion Movement: References and Resources. 1996.
Introductory essay on the anti-abortion movement from the 1800s to the present and annotated bibliography. Mugar Z7164 B5 B54 1996 Storage: Use Request Form.
Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality. 2 vols. 2008.
From “abortion” to “work: paid versus unpaid,” this work contains essays on “the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect in societal understandings of women’s (and men’s) lives.” Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 B38 2008.
Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States. 2002.
Includes entries on the political, legal, social, religious, and medical issues concerning abortion; summaries of U.S. Supreme Court cases, state abortion laws, and more. Topics include abortion violence, assisted reproductive technology, and embryonic and fetal stem cell research. Mugar Ref. X HQ 767.5 U5 P35 2002.
Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 3rd ed. 5 vols. 2004.
Includes entries on the moral and ethical issues surrounding such topics as abortion, fertility control and fetal tissue. Sci/Eng Ref. QH332 E52 2004.
Encyclopedia of Birth Control. 2000.
Contains 200+ entries from “abortifacient” to “yuzpe regimen.” Includes graphs and photographs, a bibliography, and an index. Mugar HQ766 R442 2000.
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. 2nd ed. 4 vols. 2002.
Contains scholarly articles concerning the causes of crime, criminal behavior, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice systems, and the prevention, punishment, and treatment of crime. Includes the topic of abortion. Mugar Ref. X HV6017 E52 2002.
Encyclopedia of Ethics. 3 vols. 2001.
Contains more than 500 articles on topics in ethics and ethical theory, perennial moral problems, and political, social, religious and legal theory, including the issue of abortion. Mugar Ref. X BJ63 E45 2001.
Encyclopedia of Rape. 2004.
“185 entries in an A-to-Z essay format covering the historical scope and magnitude of the issue in the United States and globally. Written by a host of scholars from diverse fields, it provides informed perspectives on the key dimensions of the topic, from concepts, social movements, offenders, high-profile cases, legislation, influential activists, landmark texts, and victimology to representations in literature and art.” Mugar Ref. X HV6558 E53 2004.
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century. 3 vols. 2001.
Arranged alphabetically with lengthy articles on all aspects of life in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Use the table of contents in volume 1, or the systematic outline of contents and detailed subject index in volume 3 to locate your topic. Relevant topics include “contraception and abortion.” Mugar Ref. X E169.1 E626 2001.
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. 2 vols. 2001.
Comprehensive coverage of topics covering current scholarship on the psychology of women and gender, including abortion and pregnancy, and reproductive technologies. Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 E52 2001.
Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United. States. 2002.
“Abortion and public assistance,” “Hyde Amendment, “Operation Rescue,” “Pro-life feminism,” and “RU-486″ are some of the topics covered in this volume, which begins with an introductory essay on reproductive rights. Mugar HQ766.5 U5 H57 2002.
Reproductive Issues in America: A Reference Handbook. 2003.
Contains an introductory essay, a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and statistics, a directory of organizations and agencies, a glossary, and an annotated list of print and nonprint resources. Examines issues such as abortion, assisted reproductive technologies, fetal and embryo research, and pregnancy and addiction. Mugar Ref. X RG 133.5 M47 2003.
Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge. 4 vols. 2000.
A-to-Z encyclopedia on women and women’s concerns worldwide. Topics fall within thirteen thematic categories: arts and literature; culture and communication; ecology and the environment; economy and development; education; health, reproduction, and sexuality; history and philosophy of feminism; households and families; politics and the state; religion and spirituality; science and technology; violence and peace; and women’s studies. Relevant entries include “abortion” and “contraception.” Check the index in volume 4 for additional references to the topic. Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 R69 2000.
Women’s Studies Encyclopedia. 3 vols. Revised and expanded ed. 1999.
Arranged alphabetically from “Abolitionism” to “Zhenotdel” (the women’s section of the Soviet Communist Party), entries contain information about women from all disciplines of study. While many entries discuss women elsewhere in the world, the primary focus is on women in the U.S. Relevant entries include “abortion: definition and methods” and “abortion history.” Consult the index in volume 3 for additional references to the topic. Mugar HQ1115 W645 1999.
“Since 1969, CDC has documented the number and characteristics of abortions to monitor unintended pregnancies and to help identify preventable causes of complications and deaths associated with abortions.” Full text reports on abortion surveillance and abortion reporting.
The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World . 2009.
Contains maps, statistical data, and text pertaining to the status of women in the world. Topics include education, marriage, motherhood, domestic violence, lesbians, work, poverty, and sex. Explores similarities and differences. Consult Chapter 11, “Abortion.” Mugar Ref. X HQ1154 S34 2009.
Statistical Record of Women Worldwide. 1995.
Compilation of statistical data on the lives and status of women worldwide. From a variety of sources. Data on abortion can be found in Chapter 1, “Attitudes and Opinions;” Chapter 3, “Health and Medical Care;” and Chapter 10, “Population and Vital Statistics.” Mugar HQ1150 S73 1995.
Tables and graphs explaining what countries allow abortions and under what circumstances, as well as rates of abortion, childbirth, maternal mortality, etc. Includes explanatory notes.
“The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is a non-profit organization focused on reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. The Institute’s mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world.”See their section on Abortion for fact sheets, media kits, state policies, research and statistics.
“The Reproductive Freedom Project protects everyone’s right to make informed decisions — free from government interference — about whether and when to become a parent.”
Organization that works to build “a society that respects and protects innocent human life from fertilization to natural death without compromise, without exception, without apology.”
“A non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide.” Offers fact sheets, articles, and briefing papers on abortion, contraception, and reproductive rights. Topics include world abortion laws, the Bush global gag rule, and more.
Links to web resources (court decisions, legislation, basic documents, and news updates), a bibliography, and suggestions for research paper topics. Includes links to pro-life and pro-choice web pages.
“Mass NARAL is the political arm of the pro-choice movement. Since 1972, Mass NARAL has led the way in protecting and advancing reproductive freedom for women and their families in Massachusetts.”
“For over thirty years, NARAL has been the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL’s mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women’s health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.”
“The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. We believe that women should be trusted to make private medical decisions in consultation with their health care providers. NAF currently offers quality training and services to abortion providers and unbiased information and referral services to women.”
“NRLC is a national grass roots pro-life group committed to the protection of human life from abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. It works through public education, outreach, citizen action, and legislation to restore and maintain legal protection for the lives of all defenseless human beings.”
“NOW supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control, to reproductive health and education. We oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation (like the gag rule) or Constitutional amendment.”
“A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.” See their issue guide on Abortion: “the Understanding the Issue section lays out the facts and policy alternatives, while the Public Opinion section offers a detailed profile of public thinking about the issue.”