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Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment: abortion rights and democracy today

Drążkiewicz, E; Strong, T; Scheper-Hughes, N; Turpin, H; Murphy, F; Saris, JJ; Garvey, P; ... Ní Mhórdha, M; + view all (2020) Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment: abortion rights and democracy today. Social Anthropology , 28 (3) pp. 561-584. 10.1111/1469-8676.12914.

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Abstract

In 2018, the Irish public voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which since 1983 banned abortion in the country. While this was a watershed moment in Irish history, it was not unconnected to wider discussions now taking place around the world concerning gender, reproductive rights, the future of religion, Church–State relationships, democracy and social movements. With this Forum, we want to prompt some anthropological interpretations of Ireland's repeal of the Eighth Amendment as a matter concerning not only reproductive rights, but also questions of life and death, faith and shame, women and men, state power and individual liberty, and more. We also ask what this event might mean (if anything) for other societies dealing with similar issues?

Type: Article
Title: Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment: abortion rights and democracy today
DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12914
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12914
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: abortion, reproductive rights, Ireland, social change, Repeal the 8th, Avortement, droit à la procréation, transformation sociale, abrogation du huitième amendement, Irlande
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112279
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