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Abortion and Reproductive Rights: Resources for Librarians

The Problem with "Crisis Pregnancy Centers"

When searching for information about abortion online, “crisis pregnancy centers” often dominate the search results. These centers are not actual clinics. They masquerade as women’s clinics, but do not provide contraception or abortions, are not licensed, and generally are not staffed by medical professionals. Crisis pregnancy centers are religious organizations that pressure pregnant people into considering alternatives to abortion, typically delaying patients so they run out of time to access medical care.

Navigating Reproductive Care in Post-Roe Florida Bibliography

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Barnett, Daly. “Digital Security and Privacy Tips for Those Involved in Abortion Access.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. June 30, 2022.
Bryant, Amy G., and Jonas J. Swartz. “Why Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Legal but Unethical.” AMA Journal of Ethics 20, no. 3 (2018): 269-277.  
Cohn, Cindy, and Corynne McSherry. “EFF’s Statement on Dobbs Abortion Ruling.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. June 24, 2022.
Contorno, Steve. “Judge Says Florida’s 15-Week Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional.” CNN, July 1, 2022. 
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Lynch, Jennifer and Andrew Crocker. “EFF Files Amicus Brief in First U.S. Case Challenging Dragnet Keyword Warrant.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. June 30, 2022.
Plan C. “Frequently Asked Questions.” Accessed July 7, 2022.
Plan C. “How to Get Abortion Pill Access by Mail in Florida.” Accessed July 7, 2022. 
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