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The Education of Shelby Knox
A documentary about a 15-year-old in Texas that pledged abstinence but later becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex ed.

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Examines the court battle in Kansas over sexual activity of minors.

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  • Abstinence Clearinghouse
    This South Dakota-based organization promotes sexual abstinence until marriage as a means to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

  • The Alpha Center
    The agency, also based in South Dakota, provides services to women involved in an unplanned pregnancy. It opposes abortion.

  • American Life League
    This links to ‘Timing is Everything,’ a commentary on the South Dakota ban by the ALL.

  • Americans United for Life
    A legal organization that works to change abortion laws on state-by-state basis.

  • National Right to Life (NRLC)
    The NRLC maintains a lobbying presence at the federal level in its effort to change abortion law and also provides information to its state affiliates.


  • American Civil Liberties Union
    This is the ACLU’s statement on South Dakota's law calling it "a threat to women's health."

  • Center for Reproductive Rights
    The Center is a legal organization that promotes access to reproductive health services in the U.S. and abroad.

  • National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF)
    The NNAF is an association that raises money for low-income women seeking abortions. This links to its announcement of a new fund to help low-income women in South Dakota following the ban.

  • National Abortion Federation (NAF)
    NAF is an association of abortion providers in the U.S. and Canada. The Federation’s CEO submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Committee on the importance of upholding the Roe v. Wade ruling. Adobe Acrobat required.

  • NARAL Pro Choice America
    This links to the group’s South Dakota branch’s announcement that it will join the campaign to put the issue to voters in the November ballot.

  • Planned Parenthood, South Dakota
    This links to a press release by the organization - the state’s only abortion clinic - denouncing the ban.

  • South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families
    A group set up in the wake of the South Dakota ruling that is attempting to collect the 16,728 signatures needed to put the ban on hold and refer it to a public vote in the November 2006 elections. Only signatures from voters registered in South Dakota are valid.

Other related resources

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    The U.S. Abortion Surveillance report for 2002 includes data on the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal abortions.

  • Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute
    This links to the Institute’s database of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court with a focus on abortion.

    Links to the report of the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion submitted to the governor in December 2005. Adobe Acrobat required.

  • Global Reproductive Health Forum: Research Library: Abortion
    Harvard University's School of Public Health research library contains links to reproductive health issues around the world, including information on abortion.

  • Guttmacher Institute
    A nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. This group has compiled Fact Sheets on abortion, contraception and pregnancy for each American state. Though Guttmacher's mission is to protect and support reproductive choice, its data are cited by both sides in the abortion debate.

  • Pew Research Center
    The 2005 “Abortion, the Court and the Public” includes polls and data from a variety of sources on American’s views on abortion.

  • Planned Parenthood
    Links to a report on abstinence-only education

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