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    Challenging abortion stigma: framing abortion in Ireland and Poland

    Cullen, Pauline and Korolczuk, Elżbieta (2019) Challenging abortion stigma: framing abortion in Ireland and Poland. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 27 (3). pp. 6-19. ISSN 2641-0397

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    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Cite as: Pauline Cullen & Elżbieta Korolczuk (2019) Challenging abortion stigma: framing abortion in Ireland and Poland, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 27:3, 6-19, DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2019.1686197
    Keywords: abortion; abortion stigma; sexual and reproductive care; framing; repeal the 8th; black protests; women’s strike; Poland; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 14892
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    Depositing User: Dr. Pauline Cullen
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 14:18
    Journal or Publication Title: Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis Open Access
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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