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

Fiona Bloomer, Kellie O'Dowd, Catriona Macleod

Journal Article

How abortion is perceived and treated within a society is impacted by sociohistorical factors and gendered discourses. When anti-abortion norms are powerful and oppressive, such as in Northern Ireland, little is known about how adults resist these norms. Using a Foucauldian feminist approach, this paper demonstrates how resistance to religious and patriarchal norms can be fostered through adult community abortion education. This resistance is multi-faceted and bolstered by a lived experience discourse, which does not necessarily involve eschewing religious notions held within society.

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