Below are some research resources to learn more about issues and arguments related to abortion. Some are available to anyone; others you need a subscription or can often access from a library, often a college or university library. Also below is the "For Further Reading" section of the book.
- Google Scholar is a great general scholarly and academic research tool: https://scholar.google.com
- PhilPapers (freely available)
- The Philosophers' Index (subscription needed; check with a library)
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy's entry on abortion.
- The Wikipedia pages of the relevant US course cases, which have links to the case materials:
- SSRN (Social Science Research Network). Not just legal research, but often a good source for legal scholarship. www.ssrn.com
- Cornell's Legal Information Institute: www.law.cornell.edu
- George Mason's Free Legal Research page: www.law.gmu.edu/library/freelegalresearch
- LexisNexis (subscription needed; check with a library)
Medicine and science:
For Further Reading
These three widely-reprinted articles are the seminal philosophical writings on abortion:
David Boonin’s A Defense of Abortion provides a comprehensive and systematic critical overview of many arguments about abortion, and argues in defense of abortion:
And see his more recent book on abortion:
Richard Feldman’s Reason & Argument is the best “critical thinking” and argument identification and analysis text available:
And here are some other introductory readings by Nathan Nobis (and Nathan Nobis with Kristina Grob) on abortion:
- “Ethics and Abortion” at 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology (1000WordPhilosophy.com).
- “Early and Later Abortions: Ethics and Law” in Bob Fischer’s Ethics: Left and Right (Oxford University Press, forthcoming): this is, basically, a shorter, earlier version of this book.
- “Thinking Critically About Abortion” at Decaturish.com (2019): a philosophical letter to the editor for a Georgia newspaper.
- “Common Arguments about Abortion” and “Better (Philosophical) Arguments about Abortion,” by Nathan Nobis and Kristina Grob, in Noah Levin, ed., Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource (NGE Far Press, 2019) [both chapters]. This book is a development and expansion of these chapters.