IRELAND NORTH AND SOUTH – The changing landscape of abortion care: embodied experiences of structural stigma in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

by Kathleen Broussard Social Science & Medicine 2020(January);245. Article 112686  (Not open access) Abstract The private use of abortion medication outside of the formal healthcare setting is an international phenomenon. Despite new and expanding pathways to abortion access, we know little about how women’s perceptions and experiences of abortion may also be changing. This study examines the embodied experience of 68 women who sought abortion services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Social … Continued

USA – Two articles in Social Science & Medicine

Emotions and decision rightness over five years following an abortion: an examination of decision difficulty and abortion stigma by Corinne H Rocca, Goleen Samari, Diana G Foster, Heather Gould, Katrina Kimport Social Science & Medicine 2020(January); Article 112704 Abstract Background – Despite weak theoretical grounding and ample research indicating women feel high levels of decision rightness and relief post-abortion, claims that abortion is inherently stressful and causes emergent negative emotions and regret undergirds state-level laws regulating abortion … Continued

UK – Toward normalising abortion: findings from a qualitative secondary analysis study

by Carrie Purcell, Karen Maxwell, Fiona Bloomer, Sam Rowlands, Lesley Hoggart Culture, Health & Sexuality 2019  DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1679395 Abstract In most settings worldwide, abortion continues to be highly stigmatised. Whilst a considerable body of literature has addressed abortion stigma, what is less commonly examined are the ways in which those with experience of abortion describe it in non-negative terms which may resist or reject stigma. Drawing on qualitative secondary analysis of five UK datasets using … Continued

GLOBAL – Sexuality Policy Watch Round-Up 2019

As in previous years, SPW has sent out a newsletter summarising 2019 with an excellent compilation of the main facts, trends, setbacks and victories in gender and sexuality politics that marked the year, and pointing to the challenges ahead in 2020. Here are a few examples: – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, presented his report on women´s human rights defenders in which the negative impact of various factors is analyzed … Continued

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