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Student Research Guide: Abortion Laws and Regulations: Top Resources

by Gina Reyna

Top Resources

Beckman, L. J. (2017). Abortion in the united states: The continuing controversy. Feminism & Psychology, 27(1), 101-113. doi:

Annotation: This source speaks on how the number of abortions has been decreasing over the more recent years. It goes in depth about what is causing abortion rates to go down. This source was useful because it speaks on what people think about abortion laws and how people’s point of view on abortion has not changed. It focuses on how abortion rights have yet to be accepted by everyone.

Beery, B. T. (2019). Tiered Balancing and the Fate of Roe V. Wade: How the New Supreme Court Majority Could Turn the Undue-Burden Standard into a Deferential Pike Test. Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 28. Doi: Tiered Balancing and the Fate of Roe v. Wade: How the New Supreme Court Majority Could Turn the Undue-Burden Standard Into a Deferential Pike Test by Brendan T. Beery :: SSRN

Annotation: This source talks about the overwhelming changes coming to the U.S because of the new Supreme Court justices. They plan on overturning Roe v. Wade and take away abortion laws. This source is important because it speaks on the future of abortions and women’s reproductive centers. It’s also important because it gives a new perspective on what’s going to happen now that the Supreme Court is mostly republican.

Cohen, I. G. (2015). Are All Abortions Equal? Should There Be Exceptions to the Criminalization of Abortion for Rape and Incest? Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 43(1), 87–104.

Annotation: This source speaks on rape victims and special abortion rights for them. It also talks about criminalization for women who have gotten abortions. This source is important because it speaks on the criminalization of abortion and why anti-abortion politicians are fighting to remove laws protecting abortion.

Donoghue, C., Bonillas, C., Moreno, J., Cardoza, O., & Cheung, M. (2017). Young people’s perceptions of advice about sexual risk-taking. Sex Education, 17(1), 73–85.

Annotation: This source speaks on the young adults and abortions. It talks about how uneducated young people are about safe sex and abortions. It goes in depth about how the education system is failing them because they won’t teach about it. It also speaks about the beliefs that young people have been taught about safe sex. There’s statistics in this source.

Dore, C. (2015). REPUBLICANS ON ABORTION RIGHTS. Think: Philosophy for Everyone, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 14(39), 9–18.

Annotation: This source speaks on the Supreme Court wanting to overturn Roe v. Wade. This source is important because it explains that now that the Supreme Court has a majority of republicans, they are making it a priority to take away the right of abortion. They can agree though that abortion should be permitted in some rare circumstances.

Dudden, F. (2019). Women’s Rights Advocates and Abortion Laws. Journal of Women’s History, 31(3), 102–123.

Annotation: This source shows the background of the feminist movement and how it got started. It gives details on why the movement was founded. It also tells its readers the foundational properties it meant to be a feminist. In these past few years being a feminist has been judged as a bad thing, I think it’s important to see what the original values of being a feminist were so that they are not forgotten.

Fox, D. (2020). The Legal Challenge of Abortion Stigma—and Government Restrictions on the Practice of Medicine. The Hastings Center Report, United States: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc, 50(2), 13–15. 

Annotation: This source speaks about former president Donald Trump and how he promised to elect a Supreme Court justice who believed in the banning of abortions. Right before he left office, he did that. This source goes into depth on how he planned to restrict abortions and make them less accessible. This source is important because it speaks about the future of abortions in the U.S.

Guillaume, A., & Rossier, C. (2018). Abortion Around the World An Overview of Legislation, Measures, Trends, and Consequences. Population (16342941), 73(2), 217–306.

Annotation: This source speaks on how all around the world women come in contact with the same problems and how each country has abortion problems. Religious beliefs are usually a part of the right to be able to have an abortion. Women not having access to save abortion clinics, so they have to use unsafe, unclean ways to have abortions.

Król, A., & Pustu┼éka, P. (2018). Women on strike: mobilizing against reproductive injustice in Poland. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 20(3), 366–384.

Annotation: This source shows a women’s strike for reproductive justice in 2016. This took place after the government tried to restrict women’s abortion rights in Poland. I chose this to be one of my sources because it shows how different countries deal with abortion laws. This source is important because it shows that standing up and fighting for your rights can pay off.

Pridemore, W. A, and Ferilich. J. D. (2007). The Impact of State Laws Protecting Abortion Clinics and Reproductive Rights on Crimes Against Abortion Providers: Deterrence, Backlash, or Neither? Law and human behavior. (Vol. 31 (6)) Boston: Springer 

Annotation: This source gives information on reproductive clinics and the laws that the state has given them. It talks about protection of abortion clinics and the steps that different states have taken to protect them from violent climes. This source is important because it shows how the laws that states can put in place to protect something can do it more harm. Someone else with the same research topic as me would want to use this source because its easy to read and insightful on injustice happening because of anti-choice members.


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