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    Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights

    Gilmartin, Mary and White, Allen (2011) Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights. Signs, 36 (2). pp. 275-280. ISSN 0097-9740

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    Medical tourism in Ireland, like in many Western states, is built around assumptions about individual agency, choice, possibility, and mobility. One specific form of medical tourism—the flow of women from Ireland traveling in order to secure an abortion—disrupts and contradicts these assumptions. One legacy of the bitter, contentious political and legal battles surrounding abortion in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s has been securing the right of mobility for all pregnant Irish citizens to cross international borders to secure an abortion. However, these mobility rights are contingent upon nationality, social class, and race, and they have enabled successive Irish governments to avoid any responsibility for providing safe, legal, and affordable abortion services in Ireland. Nearly twenty years after the X case discussed here, the pregnant female body moving over international borders—entering and leaving the state—is still interpreted as problematic and threatening to the Irish state.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Medical Tourism; Ireland; Abortion; Mobility Rights;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 3517
    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Gilmartin
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 16:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Signs
    Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
    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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