Reproductive Rights

With the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, which protected the right to abortion, many in America are seeking to understand the case, the context of the decision, and where it fits into the larger context of reproductive rights and justice.  

Libraries employees have curated a list of eBooks and videos that may help guide Colorado State University students and employees who want to learn more about the legal contexts, social movements, medical perspectives, feminist approaches, historical backgrounds and global perspectives related to reproductive rights and justice.  

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Reproductive Justice: An Introduction   

Loretta Ross, Rickie Solinger 

Reproductive Justice is a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. Written by two legendary scholar-activists, Reproductive Justice introduces students to an intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender politics. In a period in which women’s reproductive lives are imperiled, Reproductive Justice provides an essential guide to understanding and mobilizing around women’s human rights in the twenty-first century.  

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Queering Family Trees: Race, Reproductive Justice, and Lesbian Motherhood 

Sandra Patton-Imani 

Queering Family Trees explores the lived experience of queer mothers in the United States. While the legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption in 2015 has provided avenues toward equality for some couples, structural and economic barriers have meant that others—especially queer women of color —have not been able to access seemingly available “choices” such as second-parent adoptions, powers of attorney, and wills. Through the lens of reproductive justice, Patton-Imani argues that the federal legalization of same-sex marriage reinforces existing structures of inequality grounded in race, gender, sexuality, and class.  

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Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement 

Jennifer Nelson  

Jennifer Nelson tells the story of the feminist struggle for legal abortion and reproductive rights in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s through the particular contributions of women of color. Contrary to popular belief, Nelson shows that women of color were able to successfully remake the mainstream women’s liberation and abortion rights movements by appropriating select aspects of Black Nationalist politics—including addressing sterilization abuse, access to affordable childcare and healthcare, and ways to raise children out of poverty—for feminist discourse. 

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Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood

Michele Goodwin 

Policing The Womb brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies. Michele Goodwin expands the reproductive health and rights debate beyond abortion to include how legislators increasingly turn to criminalizing women for miscarriages, stillbirths, and threatening the health of their pregnancies. The author shows how prosecutors may abuse laws and infringe on women’s rights in the process, sometimes with the complicity of medical providers. In this timely book, Michele Goodwin brings to light how the unrestrained efforts to punish and police women’s reproduction has led to the United States being the deadliest country in the developed world for pregnant women. 

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The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism 

Patricia Zavella 

Patricia Zavella experienced firsthand the trials and judgments imposed on a working professional mother of color: her own commitment to academia was questioned during her pregnancy, as she was shamed for having children “too young.” And when she finally achieved her professorship, she felt out of place as one of the few female faculty members with children. These experiences sparked Zavella’s interest in the movement for reproductive justice. In this book, she draws on five years of ethnographic research to explore collaborations among women of color engaged in reproductive justice activism.  

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How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump 

Laura Briggs  

Today all politics are reproductive politics, argues esteemed feminist critic Laura Briggs. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Briggs brilliantly outlines how politicians’ racist accounts of reproduction—stories of Black “welfare queens” and Latina “breeding machines”—were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. With decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more precarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and class-stratified ways. This crisis, argues Briggs, fuels all others.  

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After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate 

Mary Ziegler  

Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade continues to make headlines. After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate cuts through the myths and misunderstandings to present a clear-eyed account of cultural and political responses to the landmark 1973 ruling in the decade that followed. Drawing on archives and more than 100 interviews with key participants, Ziegler’s revelations complicate the view that abortion rights proponents were insensitive to larger questions of racial and class injustice, and expose as caricature the idea that abortion opponents were inherently antifeminist.  

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Voices of Choice 

Physicians for Reproductive Health  

A 25-minute film created by Physicians for Reproductive Health in 2003, Voices of Choice documents the experiences of physicians involved in abortion care and reform prior to the landmark Supreme Court Roe decision in 1973. Their stories remain fascinating, moving, and profound—a record of the horror of illegal abortion and the social and historical ramifications of a time when health care providers worked to save the lives of women who suffered needlessly. Voices of Choice preserves the legacy of older physicians and figures in the reproductive rights movement who witnessed the effects of illegal abortion.  

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The Abortion Hotline 

Fernando López Escrivá 

In Chile, where abortion remains illegal and punishable by imprisonment, we follow a group of young activists who put their lives at risk to run an underground abortion hotline. 

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Making Grace

Catherine Gund 

Ann Krsul and Leslie Sullivan want to be mothers – together. They complement one another perfectly: Ann’s analytical and worrying nature balanced by Leslie’s more instinctive and soothing demeanor. Together, they discover the process of creating a family — from selecting a sperm donor and determining who will work and who will carry the baby, to Lamaze classes, the baby shower, and figuring out how to explain “two mommies” to their nieces and nephews. A year later baby Grace is born, and we experience with Ann and Leslie the challenges and joys of motherhood, including those unique to lesbians. 

Trapped video


Dawn Porter 

U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America. Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn’t be any higher. As the battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. 

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