Ann Marie Fallon
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Women's Studies and University Honors
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ireland -- Social conditions -- 21st century, Irish national characteristics, Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Ireland, Ireland -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Currently abortion is illegal in Ireland. This thesis uses personal and political discussions about abortion I had during a study abroad in Ireland to engage larger concepts of the institutional (Church and State) and the symbolic (justice and morality). This work seeks to highlight how the Catholic Church and the nation-state benefit from the regulation of women's bodies. Through the continued regulation of women's bodies, specifically around access to abortion, the nation-state can better control projects of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability in order maintain strict notions of citizenship and preserve Irish identity reclamation projects.
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Ellis-Curry, Sofia, "The Body: Conceptualizing Abortion in Contemporary Ireland" (2015). University Honors Theses. Paper 161.