Transcending Borders

Abortion in the Past and Present

  • Shannon Stettner
  • Katrina Ackerman
  • Kristin Burnett
  • Travis Hay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Katrina Ackerman, Kristin Burnett, Travis Hay, Shannon Stettner
    Pages 1-16
  3. Historical Examinations of Abortion

  4. Abortion Politics

  5. The Social and Discursive Spaces of Abortion

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-344

About this book


This multidisciplinary volume investigates different abortion and reproductive practices across time, space, geography, national boundaries, and cultures. The authors specialize in the reproductive politics of Australia, Bolivia, Cameroon, France, ‘German East Africa,’ Ireland, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, the United States, and Zanzibar, with historical focuses on the pre-modern era, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the present day. This timely work complicates the many histories and ongoing politics of abortion by exploring the conditions in which women have been forced to make these life-altering decisions.  


Reproductive choice Activism Women's lived experience Abortion politics Feminism gender studies women's studies reproductive rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Shannon Stettner
    • 1
  • Katrina Ackerman
    • 2
  • Kristin Burnett
    • 3
  • Travis Hay
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Women’s StudiesUniversity of WaterlooOntarioCanada
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of ReginaSaskatchewanCanada
  3. 3.Indigenous Learning DepartmentLakehead UniversityOntarioCanada
  4. 4.History DepartmentYork UniversityOntarioCanada

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