Repealing Ireland's Eighth Amendment

Abortion rights and democracy today

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
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Ela DrążkiewiczMaynooth University edrazkiewicz@gmail.com

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Thomas StrongUniversity of California thomas.strong@mu.ie

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Nancy Scheper‐HughesQueen’s University Belfast nsh@berkeley.edu

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Hugh TurpinUniversity of Central Florida H.Turpin@qub.ac.uk

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A Jamie SarisStockholm University ajamie.Saris@mu.ie

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Joanna MishtalGrinnell College joanna.Mishtal@ucf.edu

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Helena WulffUniversity College London helena.Wulff@socant.su.se

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Brigittine FrenchNational College of Ireland FRENCHB@Grinnell.EDU

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Pauline GarveyMaynooth University pauline.A.Garvey@mu.ie

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Daniel Miller
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Fiona Murphy
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Louise Maguire
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Máire Ní Mhórdha
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In 2018, the Irish public voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which since 1983 banned abortion in the country. While this was a watershed moment in Irish history, it was not unconnected to wider discussions now taking place around the world concerning gender, reproductive rights, the future of religion, Church–State relationships, democracy and social movements. With this Forum, we want to prompt some anthropological interpretations of Ireland's repeal of the Eighth Amendment as a matter concerning not only reproductive rights, but also questions of life and death, faith and shame, women and men, state power and individual liberty, and more. We also ask what this event might mean (if anything) for other societies dealing with similar issues?

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