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Reproduction Edinburgh (RED) Network

Resist: Abortion Rights, Access and Justice Workshop

19th July 2019, University of Edinburgh

Access to abortion has resurfaced in the media and popular discourse in recent years, as creeping legislative reforms have reached a crescendo in their pushback against gains made during the 20th century. In geographically diverse contexts, restrictive reproductive rights agendas have been a prominent yet often overlooked part of the rise of right-wing political movements. In light of the Zika virus epidemic in the Americas, reproductive rights and justice have been at the heart of infectious disease control narratives. In the USA, “heartbeat” bills contribute to an ongoing trend in framing moral positions in biomedical terms. In the midst of these struggles, small legal gains have been made in parts of Latin America, and profound transformations in Ireland, while online access to abortion pills has pushed the fight for reproductive justice beyond the limits of the state. In this rapidly shifting terrain, the Reproduction Edinburgh (RED) Network at the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology invites academics, activists, and practitioners to discuss how we can collectively respond. Following calls from Elise Andaya and Joanna Mishtal (2016), we will contribute to a renewed engagement with the politics of abortion. This one-day workshop will provide space to share interdisciplinary research on abortion, to discuss and identify key priorities in abortion research and activism, and to develop new networks for collaboration and solidarity.

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