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
Online Databases (RHC Students
version for printing
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
The Abortion Access
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
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
access to more effective contraceptive options and better access to
other kinds of reproductive health care and information. The site
Sheets that range from "abortion" to "choice in the courts."
comparisons between states' abortion legislation, see the
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.
Organization for Women
Look for [issues] on the left column and click on [Abortion Rights /
Federation of America, Inc.
One of the original organizations to take up the issue of abortion and
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.
Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) top
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
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.
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
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
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
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 sample searches
and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a
list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
SU(abortion) AND SU(pro choice movement)
SUB( Pro choice movement)
(PRO CHOICE) (scholarly journals only)
(family planning) AND (abortion)
Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian 9/2/2003