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Reproductive Rights Primary Sources at the Rubenstein Library: Print Materials

Books on Reproductive Rights

Below is a selection of books pertaining to reproductive health that are held by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Abortion and its Treatment : From the Stand-point of Practical Experience by Thomas T. Galliard. New York : D. Appleton and Co., 1898. Technical information on abortion from a 19th-century perspective.

"Abortion Rally Speech" in Notes From the First Year by Anne Koedt. New York: New York Radical Women, 1968. Speech given at an abortion rally in New York on March 24, 1968 demonstrating support for birth control education, abortion referral counseling, and litigation against laws prohibiting such work. A fulltext version of this speech is available through the Bingham Center's Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement project.

Abortion, the American Holocaust by Kent Kelly. Southern Pines, N.C. : Calvary Press, c1981. A treatise written by a North Carolinian that compares abortion with the Holocaust. 

Butchers in Waiting, The Shocking Story of Abortion in the U.S.A. by Carlson Wade. [S.l. : s.n.], c1960. Highly sensationalized look at illegal abortion and the doctors and women engaged in it.

Choices: A Pro-Choice Benefit Comic Anthology for the National Organization for Women edited by Trina Robbins. Oakland (CA): Angry Isis Press, 1990. Includes comic strips by over 40 artists (e.g. Nicole Hollander, Garry Trudeau, Alison Bechdel, and Roberta Gregory) with an introduction by Congresswoman Pat Schroeder.

The First Unalienable Right by James J. Drummey. Belmont, Mass. : The Review of the news, 1976? A reprint of a vitriolic article that appeared three years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade in The Review of the News, a predecessor to the current periodical of the John Birch Society, The New American.

For the Time Being : Poetry and Fiction About Abortion edited by Marianne Goldsmith and Jean Loria. [S.l.] : Biel Press, 1978.

Jane : Documents from Chicago's clandestine abortion service, 1968-1973. Portland, OR : Eberhardt Press, 2007. Brochures and pamphlets from an abortion service provider in pre-Roe v. Wade America.

Let Me Tell You Why: Sixteen Stories From Women About the Choices They've Made & Their Experiences With Abortion edited by Laurie Brooks. Santa Cruz, CA: Action Alliance for Reproductive Rights, c1992. Testimonials from women who have had abortions.

Liberal Case Against Abortion by Vasu Murti. [Mt. Laural, NJ] : R.A.G.E. Media, c2006. Unusual anti-choice treatise that argues not from a religious standpoint, but through viewpoints endorsed by PETA and the ACLU.

People Control: The Case Against Legalized Abortion by Gordon "Jack" Mohr. Hot Springs, Ark. : Connelly Press, [1970?] A lecture about the "moral implications" of abortion written by a "recognized authority on psychological warfare and communist 'brainwashing' techniques."

Remembering the Horror Before Roe v. Wade: desperate letters before 1973 by Lawrence Lader. New York : Institute for Democracy Studies : Abortion Rights Mobilization, c2003.

Reproductive Wrongs: Male Power and the New Reproductive Techologies by Feminist International Network on the New Reproductive Technologies. London : FINNRET, 1984. A book written by lesbian feminists on human reproductive technologies as methods of subjugating women, particularly poor and minority women.

Right to Life of the Unborn Child by Hector Treub. New York : J.F. Wagner, c1903. An early pro-life argument.

RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals by Janice G. Raymond, Renate Klein, Lynette J. Dumble. North Melbourne: Spinifex ; Cambridge, Mass. : Institute on Women and Technology, c1991. A guide to Mifepristone, an antiprogesterone drug which provides a pharmaceutical alternative to ending early pregnancy.

Vacuum Aspiration Abortion by the Women's Health and Abortion Project (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Health Organizing Collective of Women's Health and Abortion Project, [1973]. Heavily illustrated pamphlet providing an in-depth explanation of this suction method of abortion. Full text available.

When Birth Control Fails: How To Abort Ourselves Safely by Suzann Gage. Hollywood, CA. : Speculum Press, [c1979] A self-care manual on a wide variety of medical, herbal, and surgical abortion methods and other birth control measures.


The Bingham Center has several large periodical collections with content related to women's reproductive health.

Using the Online Catalog to find books

The fastest and easiest way to find books on the topic of reproductive rights is to search Duke's Online Catalog.  The topic of reproductive rights includes books from both Special Collections which are library use only as well as books from the circulating collection in Perkins/Bostock.

You can search by Subject Heading  (ex. "reproductive rights" or "abortion rights") or browse by Keyword (ex: "abortion activism" or "pro-life Christian")