What are the contemporary issues in abortion politics globally? What factors explain variations in access to abortion between and within different countries?
This text provides a transnationally-focused, interdisciplinary analysis of trends in abortion politics using case studies from around the Global North and South.
It considers how societal influences, such as religion, nationalism and culture, impact abortion law and access. It explores the impact of international human rights norms, the increasing displacement of people due to conflict and crisis and the role of activists on law reform and access. The book concludes by considering the future of abortion politics through the more holistic lens of reproductive justice.
Utilising a unique interdisciplinary approach, this book provides a major contribution to the knowledge base on abortion politics globally. It provides an accessible, informative and engaging text for academics, policy makers and readers interested in abortion politics.
"This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the global politics of abortion, and to shaping our advocacy strategies. It shows how reproductive justice helps to bridge the gap between the Global North and South." Marlene Gerber Fried, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Hampshire College
"With clarity and an impressively wide reach, this book shows how abortion politics are shaped by local contexts but connected by broader, global contexts about morality, equality, control and reproductive freedom. An indispensable addition to the scholarship." Fiona de Londras, Law School, University of Birmingham
Fiona Bloomer is Lecturer in Social Policy at Ulster University. Her research centres on abortion policy. She is a founding member of the Reproductive Health Law and Policy Advisory Group, and a member of RAARN, the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Rights Network.
Claire Pierson is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool, her research focuses on the UN women, peace and security agenda, conflict transformation and reproductive rights and activism. She is co-founder of the Reproductive Health Law and Policy Advisory Group.
Sylvia Estrada Claudio is the Dean of the College of Social Work and Community Development of the University of the Philippines. She is a professor of the CSWCD’s Department of Women and Development Studies.
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