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NRO maintains a library of books and other media on women’s reproductive health topics and issues related to reproductive justice.  Each listing includes an icon so you can tell at a glance if it’s a bookBook, dvdMovie, or cdCD, and you can sort the list by title (the default) or author.

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bookA Midwife's Tale

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.

bookA New View of a Woman's Body

Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers

Studies the female anatomy and describes in detail breast examination, birth control, abortion care, and other health issues. Another great guide for women wishing to get to know their bodies.

bookA Time to Decide, A time to Heal

Molly A. Minnick and Kathleen J. Delp with Mary C. Ciotti

This book is must for all professionals working in the field of prenatal diagnosis and reproductive genetics and for the parents in their care. It is written by parents who have faced the news of a fetal anomaly with grief and courage. Read their words and learn of their journey through grief and healing. For parents making difficult decisions about babies they love. Deals with first hand stories and a compassionate guide to help parents who have suffered with the loss of a child or complications with their pregnancies.

bookA Woman's Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486

Rebecca Chalker and Carol Downer

The book chronicles the history of menstrual extraction (ME), the currently accepted standards of ME practice and its legal ramifications, and offers accounts of actual ME procedures. It also describes the whole range of other abortion alternatives, from state-of-the-art clinical abortions to folk remedies, for women who may be considering terminating a pregnancy.

bookAbortion and Woman's Choice: The State, Sexuality and Reproductive Freedom

Rosalind Pollack Petchesky

A holistic understanding of abortion from a feminist perspective, including the history of its practice and state policies to contain it; the social, economic, and cultural conditions under which women utilize it; and the legal, moral, and political battles that surround it.

bookThe Abortion Dilemma: Personal Views on a Public Issue

Miriam Claire

The book maintains that reason, tolerance, and medical knowledge are the only effective weapons of defense against the dogma of those individuals and institutions determined to eliminate a woman's right to consider an abortion. It is a guide for anyone thinking about abortion, especially when forced to deal with the very real, very personal decision to have an abortion, and concludes with an appendix of references and help centers.

bookAbortion Politics: Public Policy in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Marianne Githens and Dorothy McBride Stetson, eds.

This book focuses on abortion policy and practice in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan and aims to provide a comprehensive, stimulating and balanced picture of abortion policy in a cross-cultural perspective. The contributors deal with comparative abortion policy including recent developments in Ireland, Germany and Eastern Europe.

bookThe Abortion Resource Handbook

K. Kaufmann

Kaufmann says she writes specifically "to provide women with the support and clear practical information they need to get an abortion regardless of their personal situation or the laws, lack of clinics, or level of anti-choice violence in their state.” Appendixes list pertinent laws and pro-choice organizations state by state and include sample legal forms.

bookThe Abortion Rights Controversy in America: A Legal Reader

N.E.H. Hull and Peter Charles Hoffer, eds.

A consideration of the abortion issue's historical background, this book highlights Roe v. Wade's core issues, essential personalities, and key precedents; tracks the case's path through the courts; clarifies the jurisprudence behind the court's ruling in Roe; and gauges its impact on American society and subsequent challenges to it.

bookAbortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice

Krista Jacob, ed.

A look at a spectrum of personal and social influences, ranging from dealing with remorse to the impact that economics, race, and culture have on a woman's right to choose.


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