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    Women on Web: seizing the means of reproduction


    Fitzpatrick, Ciara (2014) Women on Web: seizing the means of reproduction. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis aims to examine the issues that the criminalisation of abortion in Ireland poses to abortion seekers who choose to self-administer abortion pills. The research also aims to achieve a theoretical understanding of the actions of Women on Web in distributing abortion pills. A libertarian feminist epistemology will be used to examine the role of agency and direct action within the feminist struggle for reproductive rights. The role of institutions such as the church and state in opposing campaigns for abortion rights will also be examined. The stigma and shame surrounding abortion in Ireland will also be discussed with regard to the legacy of these institutions. This thesis is an exercise in stigma busting and feminist consciousness raising concerning Women on Web and self-administration of abortion pills. The obfuscation and misuse of science by the anti-choice movement will also be unpacked as a contributing factor to abortion stigma.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: Submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism
    Keywords: Women on Web; reproduction; MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 12264
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 17:46
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