Internalised abortion stigma: Young women’s strategies of resistance and rejection

Lesley Hoggart

Journal Article

This paper shows the different ways in which young women resisted and rejected abortion stigma. Whilst participants felt stigmatised by their abortion[s] in different ways, many also resisted stigmatisation. They did this through different stigma resistance strategies, depending on their socio-economic situation; family and relationship situations; the circumstances in which they became pregnant; and their beliefs and values with respect to abortion and motherhood. Being able to construct their abortion decision as morally sound was an important element of stigma resistance. Although socio-cultural norms and values on abortion, reproduction and motherhood were shown to constrain women’s reproductive choices, these norms were all open to challenge. The women were more likely to struggle with their abortion decision-making when they had internalised negativity around abortion.

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#Abortion #abortion negativity #abortion stigma #decision-making #moral agency #moral reasoning #primary analysis #reproductive control #Stigma