Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Collections related to the abortion rights movement, including the records of abortion clinics and funds and the papers of abortion activists.
Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:
Overview The collection contains the newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, forms, and correspondence of the Abortion and Birth Control Committee, a pre-Roe v. Wade committee associated with Valley Women's Center.
Overview Primarily printed materials, plus legislative records, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials documenting the efforts of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements. The Legal status section documents specific court cases, with an emphasis on the Roe v. Wade case (1973). Organizations represented include the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the Women's National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC).
Overview The Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts is a volunteer group that generates donations from individuals and foundations to make loans to low-income women seeking abortions. The group also works to increase public awareness of curbs on freedom of choice. The papers include organization records, including financial material, conference materials, correspondence, fundraising material, publications, and other printed material.
Dates: 1986 - 2007
Overview Abortion rights advocacy group. Videotapes, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the anti-abortion protestors who formed around the Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Also contains court documents pertaining to a federal suit filed against some protestors.
Overview The Catholics for Choice Records are comprised of organizational records, including correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and articles, that document the organization's mission of "support[ing] a woman's moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health."
Overview Abortion rights advocate, women's health activist, indigenous rights activist. Papers document Asetoyer's professional and public life, focusing on her activism in indigenous rights, women's health, and reproductive justice issues on the local, national, and international level. Major topics include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; HIV/AIDS and Native Americans; economic development; health care for rural and underserved populations; links between the environment and health; and indigenous women's...
Overview Reproductive rights advocacy group. Records contain correspondence, publications, publicity materials, press releases and clippings, photographs, website images, reports, polls, financial information, and Board of Directors minutes, and other materials. They document the organization's history and work for the preservation of a woman's right to choose by way of media campaigns, voter registration initiatives, educational outreach to young adults, and endorsing pro- choice candidates for...
Dates: 1980 - 2005
Overview Lawyer, feminist, judge, and political activist. The Kenyon collection illuminates the continuity of social activism around such issues as race, class, poverty, and gender from the 1930s-60s. Topics reflected include worldwide suffrage; abortion rights; minority legal rights; the Equal Rights Amendment; and civil rights. Materials include writings, speeches, organizational records, photographs, memorabilia, and audio tapes of interviews and speeches. Significant correspondents include: Bella...
Dates: 1850 - 1998
Overview Lawyer; birth control advocate; and abortion rights advocate. The Harriet F. Pilpel Papers are primarily related to her professional work with sexual and reproductive rights. The collection is essentially Pilpel's reference files, and is primarily composed of court documents from various legal cases on the state and federal level. The papers allow for a comprehensive, state-to-state comparison of a variety of sexual and reproductive laws, and provides a sense of the debates going on in...
Overview Physician; Professor; Reproductive rights advocate. Biographical materials, family photographs, correspondence, writings, and lectures documenting Villarreal's work pertaining to population issues and policies, birth control, and abortion rights primarily in his native Colombia. Much of the material is in Spanish. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.
Karen Stamm collection of Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA) records
Overview Administrative and program files of the Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CESA) and, its successor, the Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA). CESA was an organization whose mission s to reduce sterilization violations against women of color in poverty. It was later superseded by the CARASA, which widened the focus to include abortion rights and protections.
Dates: 1976 - 2010
Overview Lawrence Lader (1919-2006) was a birth control and abortion-rights activist and author. Among many other actions, he co-founded NARAL Pro-Choice America with Betty Friedan and others, and was active in the lawsuits that made RU-486 legal in the United States in 2000. This collection documents his work as an author and activist for women's reproductive rights, including safe and legal abortion.
Overview Filmmaker. The collection includes primarily film, videotapes, and audiotapes pertaining to the making of Lori Hiris' film, With a Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]
Overview As Communications Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City from 1969 to 1993, Marcia Lawrence wrote and produced materials on abortion, birth control/family planning and women's right to choose. The records include booklets, ads (mostly NY Times), fundraising and policy papers, and a book manuscript.
Dates: 1966 - 1998
Overview The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Marlene Fried, author, reproductive rights activist, and founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.
Overview Abortion rights advocacy group. The records document the organization's mission and work to increase access to abortion for low-income women and girls across the U.S. Their emergency contraception initiative is also well-documented. Types of materials include publicity; founding conference materials; Board of Directors' files; funding materials and other financial records. There are also documents generated by numerous other organizations are, e.g. Catholics For a Free Choice, People for the...
Dates: 1994-2005 (ongoing)
Overview Non-profit women's health advocacy organization focusing on the diversity of women's experiences; advocating women's self-determination in all aspects of their reproductive and sexual health; establishing universal health care that meets the needs of diverse women; monitoring the actions of federal regulatory and funding agencies, industry, and health care professions; providing women with objective health information from a feminist viewpoint; and supporting grassroots action. The records...
Dates: 1963 - 2011
Overview Political activist; Health reformer; Feminist; Civil rights activist. The papers consist of extensive files pertaining to Nkenge Touré's activism in health reform and civil and political rights for African American women. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and the D.C. Rape Crisis Center are well-documented, as are many conferences and workshops in which Touré participated. Touré's international work in these fields is also represented, and there is a small amount of...
Overview Forty-one interviews (with complete transcripts) of individuals throughout the world who have made important contributions to the reproductive health movement since 1965. Includes reproductive health advocates, communication specialists, lawyers, managers, physicians, researchers, social workers and others. The series addresses the historical period 1965-2005.
Collection — Box 1
Overview Feminist; Administrator; Reproductive rights advocate. Early records of the Reproductive Rights National Network, and materials documenting international women's rights organizing. Organizations and topics include the Reproductive Rights National Network, the Black Women's Health Project, Women's International Solidarity Affair in the Philippines (WISAP)/GABRIELA, MADRE, Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, sterilization abuse, reproductive rights advocacy and politics, lesbian and...
Dates: 1911-2013; Majority of material found within 1972-2006
Overview Founded in 1995, TAWG (Training and Access Working Group) is a clearinghouse of more than two dozen local, state and national organizations working together to ensure the continued availability of well-trained abortion providers. The papers contain meeting agendas, minutes, participant lists, notes, correspondence, brochures and publications by others.
Dates: 1976 - 2005
Overview Abortion rights advocacy group. Records contain correspondence, photographs, fundraieing and public relations materials, reports, conference materials, printed materials, and audiovisual materials. Records document the organization's mission to preserve abortion rights by way of media campaigns and endorsing pro-choice candidates for political office.
Dates: 1977-2002 (ongoing)
Overview Founded in 1975 as the Chico Feminist Women's Health Center (FMWH) by a collective of women dedicated to the women's health movement, the organization, subsequently namedthe Women's Health Specialists of California, offers women in northern California access to reproductive health care, including abortion services, adoption services, and education. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, A/V, reports, publications, legal documents, clinic incident logs, scrapbooks, and ephemera.
Dates: 1967 - 2017
Collection — Multiple Containers
Overview Abortion rights advocacy and women's health care organization. Founded in 1973 in Paoli, Pennsylvania the clinic was a non-profit outpatient facility that offered educational programs, counseling and abortion services. Beginning in 1982, anti-abortion activists were a regular feature outside the Clinic. The records include a large number of photographs of both staff and protestors, audio recordings (2) of a 1995 interview with founder Sherley Young; and documentary film: Casting the First...