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Life Before Roe v Wade

Purpose of Guide

Resources about life before the Roe v Wade decision in 1973

Resources are:

  • primarily for the United States
  • may be restricted to current Vanderbilt students, faculty & staff


Abortion in the United States: a Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition

Of particular interest:

  • Chapter 1 - Background and History
  • Chapter 5 - Data and Documents, Historical Documents
  • Chapter 7 - Chronology

Abortion: A Reference Handbook, 2nd ed.

Of particular interest:

  • Chapter 1 - Chronology (Classical Greece - 20th Century)
  • Chapters 5 & 6 - Various select resources

Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States

Of particular interest:

  • Use the search function and book index for pre-Roe v Wade topics.