Women in no man's land: The abortion debate in the USA and women terminating desired pregnancies due to foetal anomaly

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Abstract

Abortion is a politicized and contested topic in many countries. In the USA, it is subject to particularly polarized debate and increasingly stringent policies. Women who terminate a desired preganancy due to diagnosis of foetal anomaly (TFA) are stuck in the middle of the debate. The debate is framed as "pro-life" vs. "pro-choice" though neither camp fits the experience of women who TFA. These women report a sense of responsibility and love toward the foetus that they refer to as their baby, yet they also make use of the choice to terminate the pregnancy when fetal anomaly is diagnosed. This article summarizes the historical context of abortion in the USA and then reports findings from qualitative data about the impact of the abortion debate on women who TFA. The social work person-in-environment perspective is shown to be crucial to assisting women in their coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-153
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Disabilities
  • Foetal anomalies
  • Prenatal diagnosis

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