Arbitrating abortion: sex-selection and care work among abortion providers in England

Kasstan, Ben and Unnithan, Maya (2020) Arbitrating abortion: sex-selection and care work among abortion providers in England. Medical Anthropology. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0145-9740

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The UK’s on-going sex-selective abortion (SSA) controversy remains a major obstacle to the liberalization of national abortion governance, and is an issue broadly attributed to a “cultural” preference for sons among South Asian women. We conceptualize how healthcare professionals “arbitrate” requests for SSA by exploring the tension between its legal status and how requests are encountered by abortion providers. SSA is framed in this article as a legitimate care service that can support providers to meet the diverse reproductive health needs of women to the full extent of the law.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sex-selective abortion; arbitrating; reproductive governance; South Asian; UK
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Depositing User: Ben Kasstan
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 09:47
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2021 01:00

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Son preference and sex selection against females in the UK: Evidence, causes, trends & implicationsG2257ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/N01877X/1