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Challenging abortion stigma: framing abortion in Ireland and Poland.

Authors
  • Cullen, Pauline1
  • Korolczuk, Elżbieta2
  • 1 Lecturer in Sociology and Politics, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 2 Researcher, The School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Sexual and reproductive health matters
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2019
Volume
27
Issue
3
Pages
1686197–1686197
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2019.1686197
PMID: 31823693
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Abortion stigma, while observable as a global phenomenon, is constructed locally through various pathways and institutions, and at the intersection of transnational and local discourses. Stigmatisation of abortion has been challenged in varied ways by pro-choice adherents. This article investigates strategies for identifying and opposing stigmatisation of abortion in Ireland and Poland, focusing on campaigns aimed in one context, at repealing a near total prohibition of abortion, and in another, on resisting further restrictions concerning reproductive rights. We examine how mobilisation on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in both contexts worked to address stigma and discrimination in SRH, drawing on the concept of framing and showing similarities between these two national contexts. Our analysis explains how the logic of inclusion and exclusion works in efforts at destigmatising abortion.

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