1st Edition

Debates Around Abortion in the Global North Europe, North America, Russia and Asia

Edited By Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq Copyright 2023
    196 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    By means of a historical, legal and scientific approach, this book identifies the issues, progress and setbacks in the right for women to access abortion in various countries of the Global North.

    The book provides insights on the past, present and potential actions and struggles in the future about continuing to have the right to procure an abortion. Rites and rituals in order to better understand the practices of Asian countries, such as China, Japan and Taiwan, permeate discussions and debates. The volume presents the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic on access to abortion healthcare services and abortion, and the innovative initiatives and schemes designed and implemented. The latter encourages health professionals and decision-makers to reflect on the ‘good practices’ and retain and develop over the long term.

    This edited collection is intended for academics and students across the social sciences and healthcare sector, members of the legal profession, healthcare professionals, activists, policy-makers, and any stakeholders working for and caring about women’s reproductive rights and abortion rights.

    Introduction: ‘Women’s Legal Rights to Abortion: Watch out!’

    Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq

    Part 1: Abortion in Historical Context

    1. Debating Therapeutic Abortion in Nineteenth-Century Belgium

    Jolien Gijbels

    2. The ‘Birth’ of a Modern Nation: A Brief History of Women’s Access to Abortion in China

    Chang Liu and Kailing Xie

    Part 2: Abortion, Politics and Social Policy

    3. The Abortion: Contraception Paradox in England

    Ann Furedi

    4. A Bilingual Analysis of Canada’s Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act

    Anne-Marie Rivard

    Part 3: Abortion and Legislation

    5. Birth Control Policies and Abortion Issues in Post-Communist Russia

    Boris Denisov and Victoria Sakevich

    6. Abortion Law in Italy: A Pluralist Legislation Lacking Effectiveness?

    Lucia Busatta

    Part 4: Abortion, Culture and Traditions

    7. Rising Tides, Ebbing Tides: Appeasement Rituals Around Perinatal Death in Contemporary Japan

    Carina Roth

    8. The Evolving Personhood of the Foetus in Taiwan within the Transnational Flow

    Grace Cheng-Ying Lin

    Part 5: The Role of Healthcare Professionals

    9. Abortion versus Contraception: The Roots of a Terminological Professional Debate

    Pilar Leon-Sanz

    10. Abortion in Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq


    Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq is Professor of Contemporary British Studies. She is a member of the research group Histoire et Dynamique des espaces anglophones (HDEA) at Paris-Sorbonne University. She conducted comparative research for the European Commission (Daphne II programme) for five years. She authored Sexualités et maternités des adolescentes: voix anglaises et écossaises (2009), and co-authored Les Politiques de jeunesse au Royaume-Uni et en France (2012).This is her third book with Routledge and her latest publication is Motherhood in Contemporary International Perspective, Continuity and Change (2020).