Abortion   [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
Abortion is a hot-button issue for many people, and the Web sites on this topic reflect that division. As with any controversial topic, you should evaluate carefully any information presented from a particular bias. We have chosen Web sites that provide information and documents from both sides of this knotty issue. This subject guide also includes a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about abortion. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. See also our subject guides on the Pro-Choice Movement and Pro-Life Movement.

Web Site Links 

Center for Reproductive Rights     http://www.crlp.org/
This site provides information pertaining to laws, legislation, and opportunities to take action on issues such as abortion rights, availability of contraception and female genital mutilation.  Reports, fact sheets, and articles are available ; a free newsletter may be subscribed to.  The site is searchable, and portions of it are available in French, Russian, and Spanish.

Ethics Updates : Abortion & Ethics   http://ethics.sandiego.edu/Applied/Abortion/index.html
This site contains a wide range of helpful resources relating to abortion. These include court decisions, legislation, basic documents, and new updates. It features the full text of Roe v. Wade (1973) and key Supreme Court decisions in the area of abortion. It also provides access to the latest popular articles on abortion from such sources as Time, National Review, and CNN. For students, there is a section with suggestions for discussion questions and term paper topics.

Guttmacher Institute     http://www.guttmacher.org
Conducts scientific research for the purposes of public education and policy analysis on reproductive health.  includes state-by-state legal information, in-depth reports, and statistics.

NARAL - Pro-Choice America   http://www.naral.org/
NARAL is the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. The organization has an extensive publications list, including fact sheets and a state-by-state review of abortion and reproductive rights.

National Abortion Federation : the Voice of Abortion Providers   http://www.prochoice.org
"Founded in 1977, the NAF is the professional association of abortion providers in the U.S. and Canada. The organization's mission is to preserve and enhance the quality and accessibility of abortion services."  Sections include an excellent abortion fact sheet, information on clinic violence, legal issues,
and medically accurate unbiased information on surgical and medical abortion.

National Right to Life     http://www.nrlc.org/
Advocates political action against abortion and euthanasia. 
ncludes sections on medical ethics, legislation, and current issues.

Public Agenda : Abortion     http://www.publicagenda.org/citizen/issueguides/abortion
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization.  Its site presents policy options and public opinion behind critical public concerns such as abortion, crime, gay rights, illegal drugs, race, and the right to die.  Extensive information on each issue includes an overview, fact and trends, different perspectives, links to news stories, and results of public opinion polls.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

CQ Researcher     http://library2.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
Try searching for "abortion" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in-depth information.

PsycARTICLES     http://www.csa.com/htbin/dbrng.cgi?username=rioho&access=rioho36&db=psycarticles-set-c&adv=1
Try searching for "abortion" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in-depth information.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Abortion : opposing viewpoints
Call number: Ref HQ767.15.A23 2006

Encyclopedia of bioethics
Call number: Ref QH332.E52 2004

The ethics of abortion (At issue) (At issues social issues)
Call number: Ref HQ767.15.E48 2005

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:


Abortion--Moral and ethical aspects

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Abortion : desperate choices
Call number: Video 000835
Documentary showing pregnant women in difficult situations making decisions about abortion. testing, counseling, and the clinic through the initial pregnancy testing, counseling, and the abortion itself. Includes the side taken by the pro-life movement and protest marches.

Abortion : for survival
Call number: Video 000061
Shows how the denial of abortion affects not only women's lives in the United States but also in the third world countries.

The last abortion clinic
Call number: DVD 0080
"The headlines today are filled with speculation about changes in the U.S. Supreme Court and what those changes might mean for abortion--an issue that has divided the country for more than 30 years. Heated rhetoric from both sides continues to be heard in courtrooms and on the campaign trail. But while attention is often focused on the arguments, there is another story playing out in local communities. Pro-life advocates have waged a successful campaign to reduce abortions in many places throughout the country. By using state laws to regulate and limit abortion and by creating their own clinics to offer alternatives to women, they have changed the facts on the ground. FRONTLINE investigates the steady decline in the number of physicians and clinics performing abortions, and focuses on local political battles in states like Mississippi, where only a single clinic performs the controversial procedure."--Container.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 6 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SUB (abortion) and GEO (Los Angeles)
    2.  SUB (abortion) and GEO (California)
    3.  SUB (abortion) and SUB (legislation) AND AT (feature)
    4.  partial birth abortion AND AT (feature)
    5.  SUB (pro life movement) AND AT (feature)
    6.  SUB (pro choice movement) AND AT (feature)

Researched and evaluated by:
D. Petticoffer, Librarian 12/17/1997
last update:
S. Hellenius & W. Enright, Librarians, 9/2009

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