• Lindsey Earner-Byrne
  • Diane Urquhart
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


This chapter outlines the current position regarding abortion in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and provides a brief explanation of the history of abortion law in Ireland. It explains why the book adopts a historical and an all-island approach to the analysis of abortion in Ireland arguing that both provide the necessary context required to understand this complex and ‘live’ issue as part of a broader history of women’s health and female agency.


Abortion Eighth amendment Criminalised Section 58 Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lindsey Earner-Byrne
    • 1
  • Diane Urquhart
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Institute of Irish StudiesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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