Selected Bibliography for Defending Reproductive Justice
Books Published since 2000

Primary Sources (pro-life and conservative perspectives)

Alcorn, Randy. Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments Expanded & Updated. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2000.

  • Alcorn’s book is an update of the 1992 edition of the book and responds to 39 different pro-choice claims with a variety of anti-choice arguments.

Alcorn, Randy. Why Pro-Life?: Caring For The Unborn And Their Mothers. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2004.

  • The book is intended for three audiences: pro-lifers, fence-sitters, and open-minded pro-choicers, and it provides a fetus and woman centered anti-choice arguments.

Bachiochi, Erika. The Cost Of Choice: Women Evaluate The Impact Of Abortion. New York: Encounter Books, 2004.

  • Bachiochi offers a conservative woman’s voice in the abortion debate and concludes that women have been hurt by abortion socially, medically, psychologically and culturally.

Derr, Mary Krane, Rachel McNair, and Lind Naranjo-Huebl. Prolife Feminism. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2005.

  • ProLife Feminist aims to strengthen anti-choice arguments by looking at feminists throughout history (like Mary Wollstonecraft and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai) and their anti-choice convictions.

Evans, Debra. Without Moral Limits: Women, Reproduction, and Medical Technology. Memphis: Crossway, 2000.

  • Evans argues that women’s knowledge and control over their bodies is now in the hands of doctors who aim to “liberate” them from child-bearing with technology. Evans urges her readers to embrace God’s plan for procreation.

Grant, George. Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood. Nashville: Cumberland House, 2000.

  • Grant’s book aims to expose Planned Parenthood as a racist organization and wants to be “the” book on the “abortion holocaust” of the United States.

Hagan, Marybeth. Abortion: A Mother’s Plea for Maternity and the Unborn. Liguori: Liguori Press, 2005.

  • Hagan tells her personal story of when she realized abortion was “wrong.” She believed her change of mind was a sign from God and she felt compelled to address the issue by writing a book.

Hendershott, Anne. The Politics of Abortion. New York: Encounter Books, 2006.

  • Hendershott’s book examines the current and past political climates. It debates why many institutions (like the Democratic Party and Hollywood) support abortion-on-demand.

Klusendorf, Scott. Pro-Life 101: A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Your Case Persuasively. ?: Stand To Reason Press, 2002.

  • The booklet aims to help the anti-choice side make their arguments stronger. It is an overview of typical and sometimes hyperbolic arguments.

Nathanson, Bernard. The Hand of God. Washington: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2007.

  • Hand of God is the autobiography of Bernard Nathanson, an abortion provider for 20 years. In 1975, he became a spokesperson for the anti-choice movement and appeared in the film “The Silent Scream.” The book is the account of his spiritual journey.

Ponnuru, Ramesh. The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life. Washington: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2006.

  • Ponnuru chronicles the events that led to the” party of death’s” take over of the Democratic Party. It also discusses how the Democratic Party tries to hide their extremist death views.

Secondary Sources

Anderson, Barbara. Reproductive Health: Women’s And Men’s Shared Responsibility. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., 2005.

  • Anderson offers a balanced view of reproductive healthcare by providing an interactive point of view by linking men’s and women’s health and personal issues to public policy arguments.

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

  • Targets of Hatred explores the terrorist attacks on abortion providers and the subsequent issue of provider shortages.

Balkin, Jack. What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said: The Nation's Top Legal Experts Rewrite America's Most Controversial Decision. New York: New York University Press, 2005.

  • Lawyers from both sides debate what Roe v. Wade should have included.

Bhattacharjee, Anannya, Jael Silliman, and Angela Y. Davis. Policing the National Body: Sex, Race, and Criminalization. Cambridge: South End Press, 2002.

  • The book critiques the reproductive rights movement’s focus on abortion. It aims to bring race, class and gender at the center of the debate by looking at aggressive law enforcement that puts women in prison.

Burns, Gene. The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

  • The Moral Veto examines the frames used throughout history to talk about abortion and contraceptives.

Dagg, Paul K B and Ruth Dixon-Mueller. Abortion & Common Sense. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2002.

  • Abortion & Common Sense is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the private sphere and discusses abortion procedures and factors that are involved in choosing abortion. The second part is a comprehensive review of the issues in the public debate around abortion.

Davis, Tom. Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliance. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006.

  • Even though its topic is mostly absent in the mainstream media, Sacred Work aims to bring light to pro-choice clergy and their compatible alliance with Planned Parenthood.

Enos, Sandra. Mothering from The Inside: Parenting In a Women’s Prison. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.

  • Mothering from the Inside discusses the difficulties of incarcerated mothers. It also emphasizes further hardships endured by women of color and other marginalized women.

Frank, Thomas. What’s The Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 2005.

  • Frank examines the case study of Kansas and how it became a” red” state. Frank argues that the lack of discussion about class and economics made it possible for Republicans to solidify their position in Kansas.

Irvine, Janice M. Talk about Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States. Berkeley: University Of California Press, 2004.

  • Irvine examines the evolution of conservative domination of the debate on sexuality education.

Levine, Judith. Harmful To Minors: The Perils Of Protecting Children From Sex. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003.

  • Levine criticizes the media for allowing the Right to dictate the debate on sexuality education. Levine also advocates for safe and responsible sexual behavior for teenagers.

Luker, Kristin. When Sex Goes To School: Warring Views On Sex—And Sex Education—Since The Sixties. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.

  • Luker studies several communities with diverse opinions on sexuality education. She examines how opinions have changed from emphasis on safe and responsible sexuality to abstinence-only education.

Mooney, Chris. The Republican War on Science. Cambridge: Perseus Books Group, 2005.

  • Mooney studies how the Bush Administration ignores and denies scientific research on various issues to please his conservative supporters.

Parens, Erik and Adrienne Asch. Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2000.

  • While maintaining a pro-choice stance, the authors argue that not all fetuses that are disabled should be aborted, because children with disabilities can live happy and healthy lives.

Page, Christina. How The Pro-Choice Movement Saved America. New York: Basic Books, 2006.

  • Page argues that the anti-choice movement’s aim is no only to prohibit abortion but to do away with all contraceptives. The author also demonstrates how the lives of women have improved since contraceptives and abortion became available.

Rathbone, Cristina. A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars. New York: Random House, 2006.

  • A World Apart is poignant account of the hardships faced by women in prisons. It seamlessly incorporates personal stories of incarcerated women to illustrate larger policy issues.

Roberts, Dorothy. Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare. New York: Basic Books, 2003.

  • Roberts examines racist public policies that remove the children from low-income Black families, even though public assistance used to cost much less than the current foster care system.

Rose, Melody. Safe, Legal, and Unavailable?: Abortion Politics in the United States. Oxford: CQ Press, 2006.

  • Rose’s book looks at the barriers to access to abortion. Even though abortion is legal, abortion rights are eroded by a lack of access to abortion providers.

Roth, Rachel. Making Women Pay: The Hidden Costs of Fetal Rights. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

  • Roth’s book demonstrates the slippery-slope of fetal rights. Fetal rights laws that appear to protect fetuses, while they actually erode the rights of women and their ability to control their own bodies.

Sanger, Alexander. Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom In The 21st Century. Cambridge: Publicaffairs, 2004.

  • The grandson of Margaret Sanger advocates for new strategies in order to win the debate on abortion. He suggests involving men in the pro-choice movement as an important ally in the struggle for reproductive freedom.

Schoen, Johanna. Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare. Chapel Hill: University Of North Carolina Press, 2005.

  • Choice and Coercion is a historical case study of sterilization and contraception in North Carolina. The book examines how a variety of factors, such as race, class, and gender determine whether contraceptives are liberating or oppressive.

Silliman, Jael, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena Gutierrez. Undivided Rights: Women Of Color Organize For Reproductive Justice. Camridge: South End Press, 2004.

  • Undivided Rights illustrates the importance of reproductive justice as the focus for a new movement. The book outlines the issues that represent the spectrum of reproductive justice, such as issues of immigrant women, incarcerated women, and low-income women.

Smith, Andrea. Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Cambridge: South End Press, 2005.

  • Conquest is a comprehensive study of violence against American Indian women, from environmental racism to population control to colonization and genocide.

Smith, Anna Marie. Welfare Reform and Regulation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

  • Smith’s book is an exploration of welfare policies, such as the family cap, marriage promotion and abstinence-only education and their impact on women.

Solinger, Rickie. Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America. New York: New York University Press, 2005.

  • A cultural and political history of reproductive issues in the United States: concise and accessible.

Wagner, Marsden. Born in the USA. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

  • Wanger criticizes the inefficient healthcare system of the United States that is responsible for one of the highest infant and maternity-mortality rates in the industrialized world.