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Roberts, Dorothy. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty. New York: Vintage, 1998.

Sanger, Alexander. Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom in the 21st Century. New York: Public Affairs, 2004.

Shrage, Laurie. Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Silliman, Jael, Marlene Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena Guitiérrez. Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice. Boston, MA:  South End Press, 2004.

Simonds, Wendy. Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Solinger, Rickie. Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000.  Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA:  University of California Press, 1998.

Solinger, Rickie. Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare. New York:  Hill and Wang, 2001.

The Washington Memo (twice monthly) and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (bimonthly)
The Alan Guttmacher Institute

Baird-Windle, Patricia and Eleanor J. Bader. Targets of Hatred:  Anti-abortion Terrorism. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Weddington, Sarah. A Question of Choice. New York: Penguin reprint, 1993.

World Health Organization. Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems. Geneva, WHO: 2003. 

“The Abortion Pill” (1997) a 60-minute video: the story of why RU 486 (mifepristone) was still not available in the U.S. as of 2000.  Order from InCite Pictures, 1-800-229-3126.
 
“Abortion: Stories from North and South” (1984) a 16-mm color film/video that is an historical and cross-cultural documentary that is quite powerful; however, international family-planning programs are presented uncritically.
Available from Cinema Guild
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-5522; E-mail: cinemagcaaol.com
 
“Back-Alley Detroit: Abortion Before Roe v. Wade” (1992) a 45-minute color video by Daniel Friedman and Sharon Grimberg. This excellent documentary exposes the underworld that criminalization of abortion created, and tells the stories of those who defied abortion laws.
Available from Filmmakers Library
124 East 40th Street Suite 900
New York, NY 10016
(212) 808-4980; (800) 555-9815.
 
“Casting the First Stone: Portraits of Women and Men on Both Sides of the Abortion Controversy” (1991) An hour video tells the story of six women and spans three decades.
Available from Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, Room 500
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-0606; E-mail: rnsocawmm.com

Concentric Media Video Trilogy.
The following three films were directed by Dorothy Fadiman. The film company can provide speakers and a guide to organizing a screening.
P.O. Box 1414, Menlo Park, CA 94026; (415) 974-5881; E-mail: staffcaconcentric.org 

  1. “When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories” (1993) a color video that gives personal accounts revealing the medical and legal consequences during the era of criminal abortion. (See Concentric Media above.)

  2. “From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion” (1995) a 57-minute video that contains interviews and rare archival footage of the activists, doctors, clergy, and legislators whose work together led to Roe v. Wade. (See Concentric Media above.)

  3. “The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today” (1996) a 57-minute video that traces the erosion of access to safe abortions, the shortage of trained providers, the threat of violence, and legislative restrictions. (See Concentric Media above.)
“Dear Dr. Spencer” (1998) a 25-minute video produced by Danielle Renfrew and Beth Seltzer about a doctor who performed safe and compassionate illegal abortions for over 40 years.  Available from First Run Icarus Films, 718-488-8900.

“Holy Terror” (1986) a 16-mm color film/video
 A documentary presenting the rise of antiabortion efforts of the religious New Right. Available from Cinema Guild (see Abortion: Stories above).
 
“Jane: An Abortion Service” (1994) a 60-minute color video about a Chicago-based women's group that performed nearly 11,000 safe illegal abortions. Informative, inspiring, good for teaching and outreach. Filmmakers Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy are available to speak. 
Available from Juicy Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 268581
Chicago, IL 60626
(312) 409-8394.
 
“Legal but Out of Reach” (2000) a 24-minute documentary produced by Janet Goldwater and Barbara Attie which profiles six women who reveal their lives and personal struggles that led them to choose abortion only to discover that they could not afford one.  Video and accompanying study/discussion guide available from the National Network of Abortion Funds, 413-559-5465

“Leona's Sister Gerri” (1995) directed by Jane Gillooly, a 57-minute documentary about Gerri Santoro, who died in 1964 from an illegal abortion. (See photo on p. 408 in 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.)
Available from New Day Films
22D Hollywood Avenue
Hohokus, NJ 07423
(201) 652-6590
Fax: (201) 652-1973
E-mail: tmcndyc@aol.com
 
“Making Your Choice:  A Woman’s Guide to Medical Abortion” (2001) an educational video that describes the similarities and differences between a surgical and a medication abortion. 
Available from the National Abortion Federation
1755 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
202-667-5881

“Motherless” (1993) a 27-minute documentary about illegal abortion, inspired by Linn Duvall Harwell's story of the death of her mother in 1929 from complications of a self-induced abortion. Filmmakers Janet Goldwater, Barbara Attie, and Diane Pontius have created a powerful educational tool. Available from Filmmakers Library. (See Back-Alley Detroit above.)
 
“No Going Back” (1988) Presents menstrual extraction as an abortion method that can be used by women in self-help health groups.
Available from the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers
633 E. 11th Avenue
Eugene OR 97401
(541) 344-0966.

“Safe Abortion Care: An Imperative for Health Care Workers” Through the voices of women around the world, this 19-minute video conveys the need to expand access to safe abortion-related care to reduce high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity from unsafe abortion.
Available from Ipas
300 Market Street, Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
 
“Voices of Choice:  Physicians Who Provided Abortions before Roe. V. Wade”
 20-minute educational video with an accompanying discussion guide, created from interviews with physicians who provided legal and illegal abortions prior to legalization.  Available from Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, 646-366-1890

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