Resources

Information on Abortion and Pregnancy Options

NAF (National Abortion Federation) www.prochoice.org
1-800-772-9100
The professional association of abortion providers in North America. Offers information about abortion,
finding a provider.

Abortion Care Network www.abortioncarenetwork.org
The Abortion Care Network is a network of independent providers, allies, and individuals who provide quality care for women. Their website offers numerous resources for women and their family and loved ones.

Pregnancy Options Workbook www.pregnancyoptions.info
This on-line workbook offers information on abortion, adoption and parenting as well as chapters on spirituality, self-care, decision making exercises, and information for men.

Mom, Dad, I’m Pregnant www.abortioncarenetwork.org
Special help and support for young women and girls facing an unplanned pregnancy
Offers tips for talking with parents, and gives advice to parents on how to help their daughters.
Also addresses issues of spirituality and how young male partners can be involved.

Abortion Conversation Project www.abortionconversation.com
This site promotes conversation about abortions and pregnancy and show the different sides to these complicated issues. 

Choice Link Up www.abortioncarenetwork.org
A directory listing for information about reproductive health and rights, abortion, pregnancy options, and discussion-based websites.

Backline www.yourbackline.org

Suggested Reading Materials

Peace After Abortion: A Pro-Choice Self-Help Guide for Women and Men
by Ava Torre-Bueno, LCSW, Pimpernel Press, PO Box 33110 San Diego, CA 92163-3110 or 1-800-352-6305.
This practical and compassionate book is designed to help women who are troubled after an abortion to deal with their feelings, working with both the mind and body.

The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery After an Abortion
by Candace DePuy, PhD and Dana Dovitch, PhD, Simon & Schuster, available in bookstores or 1-800-999-7909.
This text initially addresses the reality of pregnancy and the myths surrounding motherhood, then details the procedure of abortion from clinical as well as emotional standpoints. The authors then move to the ongoing process of transformation and healing: of conflicted post abortion feelings, seeking of forgiveness, and acceptance. Throughout, the book features exercises designed to help women conflicted over having had abortions reclaim their bodies and achieve a state of peace.

Unspeakable Losses: Understanding the Experience of Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage, and Abortion
by Kim Kluger-Bell W. W. Norton Book & Co., Inc. 1998. These in-depth stories from would-be parents (including the author) discuss such diverse issues as multifetal reductions (more and more common as in vitro fertilization procedures become widespread), the male experience of pregnancy loss, and how a woman can be pro-choice yet still suffer grief over choosing abortion. The author offers tools for moving through the grieving process, discussing losses, and helping loved ones who have experienced pregnancy loss.

A Time to Decide, A Time to Heal, Especially for Women who have Ended a Pregnancy due to Fetal Problems
by Molly A. Minnick, Kathleen J. Delp, Mary C. Ciotti, Pineapple Press PO 312 St. Johns MN 48879.
Many have found this compassionate and empathetic book helpful as an important addition to the medical information about fetal abnormality. This book can reaffirm the choice made out of the utmost love for an unborn child.

In Good Conscience: A Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion
by Anna Runkle, 1998, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco.
This is another practical and compassionate guide to help a woman choose the best solution for herself and support her throughout the process. Runkle discusses abortion, single parenting, and adoption, and provides a framework with worksheets for decision-making and resources for each option.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights Organizations

The Center for Reproductive Rights www.reproductiverights.org
A nonprofit legal and advocacy organization that promotes and defends the reproductive rights of women worldwide.

NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action league www.naral.org
Provides information on advocacy and how t.o participate in reproductive rights issues.

NOW (National organization for Women) www.now.org
Information for young feminists

ACLU www.aclu.org

Religion & Abortion

Faith Aloud www.faithaloud.org
Faith Aloud offers counseling and support and is dedicated to overcoming the religious.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice www.rcrc.org
The religious voice for reproductive choice throught the moral power of religious communities.

Catholics for Choice www.catholicsforchoice.org
Resources for pro-choice Catholics.

National Council of Jewish Women www.NCJW.org
NCJW strives for social justice and safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Legal Services

Women’s Law Project www.womenslawproject.org
A non-profit legal advocacy organization that engages in high impact litigation, advocacy, and education

Womens Law www.womenslaw.org
Provides legal information for women

Women’s Resource Center YWCA Greater Pittsburgh  www.ywcapgh.org
Connects women with resources to meet basic needs, housing, legal services

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh www.wcspittsburgh.org
Legal advocacy services for victims of domestic violence.

Health Care Information

Consumer Health Coalition www.consumerhealthcoalition.org 412-456-1877
Provides free assistance with Affordable Care Act enrollment.

COMPASS www.compass.state.pa.us 412-565-2146
On-line application and information on health and human service programs for Pennsylvania residents.  

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh www.carnegielibrary.org
A list of clinics and health care centers that serve people without health insurance or who are minimally insured

Adoption

Abortion Care Network www.abortioncarenetwork.org
Resources for those interested in making an adoption plan

Children’s Home of Pittsburgh www.childrenshomepgh.org 412-441-4884
Provides adoption services, counseling, and a specialty pediatric hospital

Drug & Alcohol/Mental Health (Allegheny County)

www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/guides
A comprehensive list of services in Allegheny County

24 Hour Crisis Hotline

Resolve Crisis Network 1-888-796-8226
Provides crisis services for Allegheny county residents regardless of age or ability to pay
confidential telephone counseling, walk-in assistance, overnight/crisis residential (up to 72 hours).

Domestic Violence

The National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 TTY
Hotline for anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or in need of information. Advocates are available 24/7 in 170 languages. All calls are confidential and anonymous.

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

www.wcspittsburgh.org
24 hour hotline 412-687-8005 or 1-877-338-8255
Provides services to victims of domestic violence including 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, medical and legal advocacy, support groups, and children’s program.