Collection of Bibliographies, Online Libraries and Blogs

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Suggested Reading

“ANSIRH’s office has a library with almost every book published on the topic of abortion, as well as a digital library for journal publications related to abortion. As a way of trying to share it with you, we'll periodically compile lists of books and articles we think will interest you.”

American Journal of Public Health, Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary commemorative collection

“Roe v Wade has been of key importance in the US and globally. This collection brings together the most current resources on abortion and reproductive rights.”

Forward Together, Resources

“Through research, analysis and shared dialogue, Forward Together develops a range of tools and media that support reproductive justice organizing and movement building work. These resources provide lessons and models for effectively advancing reproductive justice on the ground and for strengthening the coordination, collaboration and strategy of the Reproductive Justice Movement.”

Guttmacher Institute, Resources

“The Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide. The Institute produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health, publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and the public policy journal Guttmacher Policy Review.”

Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Resource Guide

LSRJ’s resource guide is a “compilation of law journal articles, media articles cases, books, films, and television shows on issues pertaining to reproductive health, rights, and justice – everything from teen pregnancy to abortion to healthcare access.” It is updated at least annually.

Political Research Associates, Defending Reproductive Rights Toolkit

Political Research Associates publishes “Defending Reproductive Rights, an activist resource kit on the anti-abortion movement, by collecting the Right’s own words to demystify the motives and worldviews of those who campaign against progressive causes.” It has been updated many times since its 2000 beginning, and is currently undergoing another update.

Sistersong, Publications and Articles

“The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights. SisterSong is comprised of 80 local, regional and national grassroots organizations in the United States representing five primary ethnic populations/indigenous nations in the United States: Native American/Indigenous, Black/African American, Latina/Puerto Rican, Arab American/Middle Eastern, and Asian/Pacific Islander, as well as white allies and men. The Collective was formed in 1997 to fulfill a need for a national movement by women of color to organize our voices to represent ourselves and our communities. SisterSong educates women of color on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and works towards the access of health services, information and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate through the integration of the disciplines of community organizing, Self-Help and human rights education.” Their website contains foundational articles on the reproductive justice movement.

University of Michigan OB/GYN Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, Resources

“The Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice (SRRJ) is developing and defining a research agenda for national and international scholarship and advocacy. Working with partners in advocacy and academia, we engage in collaborative qualitative and quantitative research programs that support sexual rights and reproductive justice.” SRRJ’s website includes coverage of current events, legal materials for medical practitioners, and scholarly articles.

Women’s UN Report Network, Reproductive Justice & Violence Against Women: Understanding Intersections

“The purpose of this special collection is to provide resources and an introduction to reproductive justice, focusing particularly on the connections between the elimination of reproductive oppression and domestic and sexual violence. Included is a basic definition of reproductive justice, information about the development and the history of the Reproductive Justice Movement, and related resources. Highlighted in this collection are resources that relate to the holistic well-being of women, families, and communities as it pertains to violence against women and reproductive rights and health. "Reproductive Justice & Violence Against Women: Understanding the Intersections" makes connections between the Reproductive Justice Movement and the Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Movements in the United States to demonstrate the necessity of collaboration. This collection was developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and the Women of Color Network.”

Blogs

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

A blog covering “news and views on reproductive health research” from ANSIRH, a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health that “works to ensure that reproductive health care and policy are grounded in evidence. ANSIRH’s multi-disciplinary team includes clinicians, researchers and scholars in the fields of sociology, demography, anthropology, medicine, nursing, public health, and law.”

American Constitution Society

“The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.” ACS’s blog covers legal news and current events from a progressive viewpoint.

Black Girl Dangerous

“Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color. Black Girl Dangerous is a place where we can make our voices heard on the issues that interest us and affect us, where we can showcase our literary and artistic talents, where we can cry it out, and where we can explore and express our “dangerous” sides: our biggest, boldest, craziest, weirdest, wildest selves.”

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

CLRJ is a “statewide policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance California Latinas’ reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework. CLRJ works to ensure that policy developments are reflective of the priority needs of Latinas, their families and their communities.” Its blog covers current events in the news, and updates of the CLRJ’s activities.

Colorlines

 “At Colorlines.com, we believe that instead of being defined and divided by racism, we can become uplifted and united by racial justice. To do so, we have to confront explicitly the racism that is so often at the core of our society's challenges. This is the perspective that informs Colorlines.com's award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis--and that drives our focus on finding solutions as well as naming problems. Colorlines.com is produced by a multiracial team of writers who cover stories from the perspective of community, rather than through the lens of power brokers. We see racism as a structural problem, rather than one defined by individual prejudice. We are published by the Applied Research Center (ARC), a racial justice think tank using media, research, and activism to promote solutions.” Colorlines include a separate section on the intersection of race and gender.

Feministe

“Feministe is one of the oldest feminist blogs online designed by and run by women from the ground up. Lauren founded Feministe as her personal blog in 2001, and brought Jill in as a co-blogger in 2005. In the years since, the blog grew and grew in readership while still remaining essentially a personal blog, just with more bloggers and increased running costs (thus why Feministe started running ads to cover those costs). Lauren (mostly) retired from active blogging at Feministe in 2010, and several more co-bloggers have come and gone as the tides of the Internet have ebbed and flowed. Currently the active blogging roster consists of Jill, Caperton, Sally and tigtog, augmented by many marvellous Guest Bloggers and the occasional random appearance from one of our bloggers emeritus.”

Feministing

“Feministing is an online community for feminists and their allies.” The blog consists of both Feministing bloggers on a front page, who post about news, pop culture, and other current events, and a community blog, where anyone may post.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

“INCITE is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.” Their blog covers both domestic and international current events relating to systemic violence and oppression.

Jezebel

With the tag line “Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without Airbrushing,” Jezebel serves as one of the largest feminist-leaning blogs for women. It is a part of Gawker Media, and covers current news events, including reproductive justice news, as well as pop culture, fashion and art.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice’s RepoRepro

“The mission of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is to train and mobilize law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.” LSRJ’s RepoRepro blog covers reproductive justice news from a legal angle, and features writing from law students around the country.

MomsRising

MomsRising takes “on the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families, by mobilizing massive grassroots actions to: Bring the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to our  nation's leaders; Amplify women's voices and issues in the national dialogue & in the media across all platforms (from print, to radio, to blogs, social media, and more); Accelerate grassroots impact on Capitol Hill and at state capitols across the country; Hold corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers & for ensuring the safety of their products… The MomsRising blog is a soapbox where people across our nation can talk politics, policy, and parenting.“

Ms. Magazine Blog

Ms. Magazine was launched in 1971 as the “magazine of a movement” for the women’s rights movement. Decades later, it is still circulating under the Feminist Majority Foundation’s ownership, and has a blog with daily updates and news coverage.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz

Description: “The mission of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is to ensure the fundamental human right to reproductive health care for Latinas, their families and their communities through education, policy advocacy, and community mobilization.” NLIRH’s blog, Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz, covers current events, the work of NLIRH, and reflections on identity, from a Latina viewpoint.

Our Bodies Ourselves, Our Bodies Our Blog

Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, is a global nonprofit, public interest organization based in Cambridge, Mass. OBOS promotes accurate, evidence-based information on girls' and women's reproductive health and sexuality, and addresses the social, economic and political conditions that affect health care access and quality of care. OBOS's landmark publication, "Our Bodies, Ourselves," first published in 1971, has been translated and adapted into 25 languages by women's groups around the world. Library Journal named the new U.S. edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" (Simon & Schuster, 2011) one of the eight best consumer health books of the year.” Our Bodies, Our Blog is “your daily dose of women's health news and analysis.”

Racialicious

“Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes [and] our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations.”

RH Reality Check

“RH Reality Check is a daily publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues. RH Reality Check is guided by the issues and recommendations identified in the Program of Action agreed on at the International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo in 1994. Protection is our watchword—we are contributing to the global effort to empower people with the information, services and leadership they need to safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights against false attacks and misinformation. RH Reality Check exists as a resource for evidence-based news, provocative commentary, in-depth analysis and interactive dialogue.”

Shakesville

Shakesville is “a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.”

Sociological Images

“Sociological Images is designed to encourage all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.”

Strong Families Description

“Strong Families is a home for the 4 out of 5 people living in the US who do not live behind the picket fence—whose lives fall outside outdated notions of family, with a mom at home and a dad at work. While that life has never been the reality for most of our families, too many of the policies that affect us are based on this fantasy.  From a lack of affordable childcare and afterschool programs, to immigration policy and marriage equality, the way we make policy and allocate resources needs to catch up to the way we live.” The Strong Families blog covers current events, movement efforts, and popular culture from these perspectives.

The Abortion Gang

“Too many articles have proclaimed, exasperated: Where are young people in the feminist and pro-choice movements? Look no further. We are unapologetic activists for reproductive justice. We are Jewish, Christian, atheist, Muslim, Wiccan, secular. We are mixed race, African-American, Latina, White, bi-racial. We are completing graduate degrees, we didn’t finish high school. We have had abortions, children, miscarriages. We have IUDs and we use rhythm beads. We work in reproductive health and we tweet about being #prochoice. We call ourselves feminists, womanists, womyn, wimmin, grrls, bois, men, women. We are cis gender, we are trans women, we’re straight men, we are gender queer. We have sex with anything that moves, we are abstinent, we are poly amorous. And we stand against reproductive oppression. This is our space to talk about what drives, inspires, and challenges us, what renews our passion for reproductive justice, what outrages us, and our ideas to keep the movement going forward. We range from 16 years old to 40, all creatively using new media (along with many other outlets) to change the way we think about and interact with activism.”

The Crunk Feminist Collective

“The Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) will create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves,  fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial.”

Yes Means Yes!

Yes Means Yes is a groundbreaking new look at rape, edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman and Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti. Through the anthology — and now this blog — we’re trying to move beyond “no means no” to connect the dots between the shaming and co-option of female sexuality in our culture(s) and some of the ways rape is allowed and encouraged to function.

Other Online Resources

Funders Network

“The following is an annotated list of additional resources that funders have found useful in learning about reproductive justice organizations and the reproductive justice movement. It is by no means an exhaustive list and represents our first attempt at listing publications that we have used in our work. If you come across a resource or publication that is not listed here that you think would be helpful to funders, please let us know in the Comments Section of this toolkit. We have provided you with the links and or pdf files for easy access to them.”

Reproductive Rights Profs Blog

Caitlin E. Borgmann of CUNY School of Law. It sends me a weekly feed of legislation, cases, law conferences, calls for papers, etc relating to reproductive rights and justice.

Strong Families, Movement Building Indicators

“Movement Building Indicators provides effective ways to assess leadership development, policy advocacy, communications, and relationship building with easy-to-use worksheets to guide your work. Rather than simply being a reporting mechanism, Movement Building Indicators has multiple strategic objectives: developing a shared language and analysis of reproductive justice; articulating the benefits of using a reproductive justice framework as a base building tool; strategic planning at the local, regional and national levels; and strategic communications.”

The Pro-Choice Public Education Project, Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Glossary

A glossary of terms used in reproductive health, rights, and justice research and work, from PEP, “a national reproductive justice organization that works to engage and inform organizations, young women, transgender and gender non-conforming young people, ages 16-25, especially those whose voices are not heard in spaces where sexual and reproductive health and rights are addressed. We do this through research, leadership development, movement building, and changing the conversation by raising unheard voices.”

The Women’s Media Center, Media Guide to Covering Reproductive Issues

The Women’s Media Center “works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are”. Their media guide” is a resource for journalists, producers, and interview bookers to help them understand medical, health, legal, social policy, and other key issues in covering today’s reproductive stories and to identify key organizations and leaders who support and oppose reproductive freedom.”