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A Fragmented Landscape

Abortion Governance and Protest Logics in Europe

Edited by Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton

304 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-427-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2016)

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“This is an extremely important contribution to the literature on the policies and politics surrounding reproductive rights. It covers a range of historical developments and national contexts while developing multiple overarching themes in an accessible manner.” · Jennifer Merchant, Université Paris II

Since World War II, abortion policies have remained remarkably varied across European nations, with struggles over abortion rights at the forefront of national politics. This volume analyses European abortion governance and explores how social movements, political groups, and individuals use protests and resistance to influence abortion policy. Drawing on case studies from Italy, Spain, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, it analyses the strategies and discourses of groups seeking to liberalise or restrict reproductive rights. It also illuminates the ways that reproductive rights politics intersect with demographic anxieties, as well as the rising nationalisms and xenophobia related to austerity policies, mass migration and the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. 

Silvia De Zordo is a Senior Researcher at the University of Barcelona (UB), Department of Anthropology. Her research interests encompass contraception, abortion and conscientious objection in Latin America and Europe. She has recently been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study the impact on women of barriers to legal abortion in Europe. Her recent publications include Reproduction and Biopolitics: Ethnographies of Governance, "Irrationality" and Resistance (ed. with Milena Marchesi), published by Routledge in 2014.

Joanna Mishtal is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. Her research examines reproductive rights, health, and policies in Poland, and in the context of EU governance. Her book The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland was published by Ohio University Press in 2015.

Lorena Anton is a Marie Curie Fellow in social anthropology at the University of Bucharest (2013-2017), where she develops a project on abortion governance in post-communist Romania. Recent publications include ‘On n'en parlera jamais de tout ça! Ethnographier la mémoire de l’avortement en Roumanie de Ceaușescu’, in Ethnologie Française (2014) and the ‘Cultural Memory’ entry in Protest Cultures: A Companion (eds. Fahlenbrach et al., Berghahn Books).

Series: Volume 20, Protest, Culture & Society
Subject: Medical Anthropology Postwar History
Area: Europe

LC: HQ767.5.E85 F73 2017

BISAC: SOC046000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Abortion & Birth Control; MED036000 MEDICAL/Health Policy; SOC028000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Women's Studies

BIC: PSXM Medical anthropology; JFMA Ethical issues: abortion & birth control




Contents

Introduction
Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton

PART I: PRO-ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVISM, MOVEMENTS, STRATEGIES, AND PROTEST LOGICS

Chapter 1. Legal and Political Discourses on Women’s Right to Abortion
Christina Zampas

Chapter 2. Freeing Abortion in Sweden
Annulla Linders and Danielle Bessett

Chapter 3. Women’s Liberation and the ‘Right to choose’: Struggling for Abortion in the United Kingdom and Switzerland
Kristina Schulz and Leena Schmitter

PART  II: ANTI-ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVISM, MOVEMENTS, STRATEGIES, AND PROTEST LOGICS

Chapter 4. Contesting Abortion Rights in Contemporary Italy: Discourses and Practices of Pro-life Activism
Claudia Mattalucci

Chapter 5. Innocence and Demographic Crisis: Transposing Post-Abortion Syndrome into a Russian Orthodox Key
Sonja Luehrmann

Chapter 6. Still a Woman’s Right? Feminist and Other Discourses in Belgium’s Abortion Struggles
Karen Celis and Gily Coene

PART III: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS'/PROVIDERS' INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRO- OR ANTI-ABORTION RIGHTS DEBATE AND ACCESS TO SERVICES

Chapter 7. ‘Good doctors do not object’: Obstetricians-Gynaecolosists’ Perspectives on Conscientious Objection to Abortion Care and their Engagement with Pro-abortion Rights Protests in Italy
Silvia de Zordo

Chapter 8. Women Rights or Unborn Rights? Laws and Loopholes In Madrid’s Public Healthcare Services Abortion Provision to Migrant Women
Beatriz Martín Aragón

Chapter 9. One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: Accessing Abortion in Norway
Mette Løkeland

PART IV: PRONATALISM, NATIONALISM, AND RESISTANCE IN ABORTION POLITICS AND ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES

Chapter 10. For the Good of the Nation: Pronatalism and Abortion Ban during Ceauşescu’s Romania
Lorena Anton

Chapter 11. Quietly ‘Beating the System’: The Logics of Protest and Resistance under the Polish Abortion Ban
Joanna Mishtal

Chapter 12. Abortion Governance in the New Northern Ireland
Robin Whitaker and Goretti Horgan

Afterword: Reproductive Governance meets European Abortion Politics: The Challenge of Getting the Gaze Right
Lynn M. Morgan

Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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