This article traces the conceptual emergence and development of
feminist-oriented abortion politics in urban Russia between 2011
and 2015. Examined as an example of local adaptions of global
reproductive rights movements, Russians’ advocacy for abortion
access reflects commitments and tensions characterising post-Soviet
feminism. Specifically, I show how calls to preserve women’s access
to legal abortion have drawn on both socialist-inspired ideals of state
support for families and liberal-oriented ideas of individual autonomy.
Attention to the logics underlying abortion activists’ rhetoric
reveals the specific historical sensibilities and shifting cultural values
at stake in the ways progressive Russian activists construe justice.
The analytic concept of ‘moral economy’ brings into relief how their
advocacy evokes ideal visions of reciprocal obligations and uncertainties
in both state-citizen relations and intimate relations. I argue
that contextualised analyses of local feminist abortion politics may
enrich global debates for reproductive rights and justice.