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Toward normalising abortion: findings from a qualitative secondary analysis study.

Authors
  • Purcell, Carrie1
  • Maxwell, Karen1
  • Bloomer, Fiona2
  • Rowlands, Sam3
  • Hoggart, Lesley4
  • 1 MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.
  • 2 School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK.
  • 3 Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK.
  • 4 School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
22
Issue
12
Pages
1349–1364
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1679395
PMID: 31933421
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

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 a narrative inquiry approach, we explore: the use of non-negative language around abortion, potential components of a normalising narrative, and constraints on non-negativity. As such, we present the first empirical UK study to critically examine how a dominant negative abortion narrative might be disrupted.

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