Breaking the silence on abortion: the role of adult community abortion education in fostering resistance to norms

Fiona K. Bloomer, Kellie O’Dowd, Catriona Macleod

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Abstract

Meanings of abortion in society are constructed within sociohistoricaland gendered spaces and manifested through myriad discourses thatimpact on the perception and treatment of the issue in that society.In societies with powerful oppressive anti-abortion norms, such asNorthern Ireland, little is known as to how these norms are resisted bythe adult population. This study uses a Foucauldian feminist approachto show how resistance to religious and patriarchal norms can befostered through adult community abortion education. This resistanceis multi-faceted and bolstered by a lived experience discourse, whichdoes not necessarily involve eschewing religious notions held withinsociety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-722
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Volume19
Issue number7
Early online date24 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • abortion education
  • patriarchy
  • religion
  • sex and relationship education
  • Northern Ireland

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