Teaching Resources about Reproductive Rights

Given the depressing developments in reproductive rights in the U.S., several colleagues and I put together the following set of resources that you and your students might find useful.

Non-Fiction Sources on Abortion

Clarke, Adele, and Donna Haraway, eds. Making Kin Not Population: Reconceiving Generations. Prickly Paradigm Press, 2018. https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/M/bo28583407.html

Finch, Annie, ed. Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. Haymarket Books, 2022. https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1459-choice-words

Foster, Diana Greene. The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion. Scribner, 2020.  https://www.ansirh.org/research/ongoing/turnaway-study

Klein, Renate, Janice G. Raymond, and Lynette J. Dumble. RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths, and Morals. Spinifex, 2013. https://www.spinifexpress.com.au/shop/p/9781742198408

McBride, Dorothy E., and Jennifer L. Keys. Abortion in the United States: A Reference Handbook. 2nd ed. ABC-CLIO, 2018.

Pollitt, Katha. Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. Picador, 2015.

Selected Primary Sources (by no means exhaustive!)

Brooks, Gwendolyn. “the mother.” 1963.  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43309/the-mother-56d2220767a02

Crespin, Eva, and Mercedez Holtry. “Abortion.” Poetry Slam Inc., 4 Dec. 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4i0KHvn3KM

Haigh, Jennifer. Mercy Street. Ecco, 2022.

Hemingway, Ernest. “Hills Like White Elephants.” 1927. https://faculty.weber.edu/jyoung/English%202500/Readings%20for%20English%202500/Hills%20Like%20White%20Elephants.pdf

Lockwood, Devi. “A Poem about Abortion.” 2014.  https://www.inknode.com/devi/a-poem-about-abortion

Oates, Joyce Carol. A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel. Harper, 2017.

Oates, Joyce Carol. “A Book of Martyrs.” VQR: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion, vol. 88, no. 4, 2012. https://www.vqronline.org/fiction/book-martyrs

Olds, Sharon. “The End.” 1984. http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/sharon_olds/poems/19522.html

Piercy, Marge. “My Mother’s Body.” 1985. http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/marge_piercy/poems/19233.html

Quart, Alissa. “Clinic.” 2022. https://lithub.com/women-afraid-of-dying-while-they-are-trying-to-find-their-life-poetry-of-abortion-by-alissa-quart/

Rich, Adrienne. “What Kind of Times Are These.” 1995. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/51092/what-kind-of-times-are-these

Sexton, Anne. “The Abortion.” 1962. http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/anne_sexton/poems/18154.html

Smith, Paxton. “Texas Valedictorian Paxton Smith Goes Viral for Her Speech about Abortion Rights.” WFAA, 2 June 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4i0KHvn3KM