Women’s embodied experiences of second trimester medical abortion

Carrie Purcell, Audrey Brown, Catriona Melville, Lisa McDaid

Journal Article

Drawing on data from the Women’s Experiences of Later Abortion study, this article takes a theory-informed approach to embodied experiences of medical abortion. It aims to make the experience of the second trimester medical abortion visible, and to further understanding of the ‘in-betweenness’, or liminality, which women in this situation may experience. To do so, it looks at women’s accounts of relatively later discovery of a pregnancy; being pregnant where the pregnancy ended in a second trimester abortion; the ‘labour’ involved in second trimester medical abortion; and the bodily transition which follows.

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