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Genders and Sexualities in History
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The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920–2018

Authors: Earner-Byrne, Lindsey, Urquhart, Diane

  • Takes a long view of the origins of Ireland’s anti-abortion culture, examining its history in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Examines the lived realities of abortion travel for Irish women and the impact on heath and health care provision
  • Joins past narratives with contemporary debates surrounding the Irish abortion narrative both in the home and in the city 
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This book reframes the Irish abortion narrative within the history of women’s reproductive health and explores the similarities and differences that shaped the history of abortion within the two states on the island of Ireland. Since the legalisation of abortion in Britain in 1967, an estimated 200,000 women have travelled from Ireland to England for an abortion. However, this abortion trail is at least a century old and began with women migrating to Britain to flee moral intolerance in Ireland towards unmarried mothers and their offspring. This study highlights how attitudes to unmarried motherhood reflected a broader cultural acceptance that morality should trump concerns regarding maternal health. This rationale bled into social and political responses to birth control and abortion and was underpinned by an acknowledgement that in prioritising morality some women would die. 

About the authors

Lindsey Earner-Byrne is Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on gender, health and welfare in modern Ireland. Her books include Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Dublin, 1922-60 (2007) and Letters of the Catholic Poor: Poverty in Independent Ireland, 1920-1940 (2017). 

Diane Urquhart is Professor of Modern Irish History at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, UK. She has published widely on gender, class, women and politics, and marriage. Her books include Women in Ulster Politics, 1890-1940 (2000), The Ladies of Londonderry: Women and Political Patronage, 1800-1959 (2007) and her forthcoming monograph on the history of Irish divorce will provide the first comprehensive history of the subject. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Earner-Byrne, Lindsey (et al.)

  • Maternity and Moral Migration, 1920s–1960s

    Pages 9-31

    Earner-Byrne, Lindsey (et al.)

  • Legality and Irish Abortion, 1920s–1960s

    Pages 33-50

    Earner-Byrne, Lindsey (et al.)

  • Contraceptive Mentalities, 1960s–1980s

    Pages 51-68

    Earner-Byrne, Lindsey (et al.)

  • Pro-life States of Mind, 1967–2000s

    Pages 69-97

    Earner-Byrne, Lindsey (et al.)

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03854-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920–2018
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03855-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03855-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03854-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 158
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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