No longer a whisper: Socio-spatial justice and the Shout Your Abortion movement

Authors: Marcia England*, Miami University
Topics: Women, Qualitative Research, Legal Geography
Keywords: abortion, privacy, stigma, access to abortion, socio-spatial justice
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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According to Lindy West, founder of the #ShoutYourAbortion (SYA) movement: “I set up #ShoutYourAbortion because I am not sorry, and I will not whisper”. Abortion is a topic rarely discussed in academia (even in reproductive geography) and the stigma associated with research on the subject as well as the procedure needs to be dismantled. This paper discusses the spatialities of the SYA movement. The overarching research question for this project is: How does SYA change the ways in which we understand the spatial elements of abortion in the United States? The archive for this research was to read the abortion stories posted on ShoutYourAbortion.com. These stories were coded based on these spatial tropes: privacy, access (e.g., distance traveled to provider or protestors at entrance to clinic), and stigma. I am specifically concerned with how these themes demonstrate the personal geographies of abortion in the U.S.

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