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Reproductive Health : Selected Books


All books listed are available in the Ebling Library Recreational Reading Collection

The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion
Diana Greene Foster

A groundbreaking and illuminating look at the state of abortion access in America and the first long-term study of the consequences--emotional, physical, financial, professional, personal, and psychological--of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women's lives.
The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service
Laura Kaplan
"During the four years before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973, the 100 members of Jane helped some 11,000 women end their pregnancies....There is more in this remarkable book that will further raise eyebrows....Kaplan's engrossing tales of the quiet courage of the women who risked their reputations and freedom to help others may remind many readers of other kinds of outlaws who have resisted tyranny throughout history."—Chicago Sun-Times
The Family Roe: An American Story
Joshua Prager

An epic work spanning fifty years of American history, The Family Roe will change the way you think about our enduring American divide: the right to choose or the right to life. Finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
You're the Only One I've Told: The Stories Behind Abortion
Meera Shah
For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera Shah, Chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, what she did, she would tell them she was a doctor and leave it at that. But when she started to be direct about her work as an abortion provider an interesting thing started to happen: one by one, people would confide that they'd had an abortion themselves. The refrain was often the same: You're the only one I've told. This book collects these stories as they've been told to Shah.

What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics
O. Carter Snead

A framework for public bioethics rooted in a vision of human identity and flourishing that supports those who are profoundly vulnerable and dependent―children, the disabled, and the elderly. Complex public matters addressed: abortion, assisted reproductive technology, and end-of-life decisions.

Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion
Katie Watson

This book explains the law of abortion, challenges the toxic politics that make it a public football and private secret, offers tools for more productive private exchanges, and leads the way to a more robust public discussion of abortion ethics.