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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Abortion : Legislative Response
This is a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) which is the branch of the Library of Congress that performs research for the Congress of the United States.  Dated July 29, 2003, this issue brief contains a summary and the most recent developments with regard to abortion, followed by the judicial history (Supreme Court cases) and legislative history (bills, amendments, statutory provisions) .

The Abortion Access Project
Calling itself a "a grassroots coalition of reproductive rights activists and women's health care providers,"  the Abortion Access Project is dedicated to making abortion and reproductive health care accessible to all women.  The organization wants to increase the number of abortion services at hospitals, increase the number of residents being trained to perform abortions, and educate the public to see abortion as health care, not as a stigma.  The Web site "offers resources for activists, students, and health care providers."

The Guttmacher Institute
This is a very reputable nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education.  There is a wealth of information on the Web site that includes articles, a FAQ, and statistics and reports.  In the "Data Center" area, a custom table maker allows you to build your own tables from information provided in the Institute's databases.

Catholics for a Free Choice
CFFC supports the right to legal abortion and promotes family planning to reduce the incidence of abortion and to increase women's choice in childbearing and child rearing.

NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America'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 -- from the Web site.  This is the national organization for women who want
better access to more effective contraceptive options and better access to other kinds of reproductive health care and information.  The site features Fact Sheets ( that range from "abortion" to "choice in the courts."  For comparisons between states' abortion legislation, see the publication Who Decides State Profiles (

National Abortion Federation
The NAF wants to keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible.  The Web site has a series of fact sheets on abortion and reproductive health topics, including a history of Roe v. Wade.  The Public Policy link will take you to legal issues, Supreme Court decisions, legislative issues, and judicial nominations.

National Organization for Women
Look for [issues] on the left column and click on [Abortion Rights / Reproductive Rights]

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
One of the original organizations to take up the issue of abortion and reproductive issues, Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control clinic.  You can find FAQs, fact sheets, reports and white papers on a number of related topics such as birth control, sexuality education, teen pregnancy and abortion. 

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   
Rio Hondo College databases.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Based on the "Opposing Viewpoints" series of books, this database provides short essays that argue for and against various aspects of controversial issues, including abortion and reproductive rights.

A full-text database with articles in the areas of social science, science, health, etc.  Helpful article summaries establishing context are included.

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

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of abortion in the United States
Call number: Ref HQ767.5.U5P35 2009

Encyclopedia of birth control
Call number:  Ref  HQ766.R442 2000

Historical & multicultural encyclopedia of women's reproductive rights in the United States
Call number:  Ref HQ766.5.U5H57 2002

Roe v. Wade : the abortion rights controversy in American history (Landmark law cases & American society)
Call number: Ref KF228.R59H85 2001

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

Abortion -- United States

Pro-choice movement -- United States

Pro-life movement -- United States

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library at the 3rd floor Circulation Desk, to be viewed in the Library.

Abortion : desperate choices (America undercover)
Call number: Video 000835
Documentary showing pregnant women in difficult situations making decisions about abortion.  Follows patients at an abortion 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 (PBS Frontline)
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 -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 5 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each tern in a separate box:

    1.  SU(abortion)
    2.  SU(abortion) AND SU(pro choice movement)
    3.  SUB( Pro choice movement)
    4.  (PRO CHOICE) (scholarly journals only)
    5.  (family planning) AND (abortion)

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian 9/2/2003
last update: T
. Shacklett, Librarian 5/2010

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