‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’
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‘Abortion decision making in a culture of ‘intensive motherhood’’

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In contemporary US society, abortion and motherhood are often regarded as opposing interests. Yet the majority of US women who have abortions (61%) have children and most of those who do not yet have children want to have them at some point in the future. Based on interviews with US women obtaining abortions, we identify the ways that issues of motherhood influence and inform women’s decisions to terminate their pregnancies. We find that material responsibilities of motherhood, such as caring for existing children, influenced the decision to have an abortion among women who were already mothers. More abstractly, women discussed, and appeared to be influenced by, high standards of ‘good parenting’.

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  • Originally stated byRachel Gates in 1970s(worked in clinic, activist), repeated by Will Saletan (journalist, writes about pop/political culture)
  • Abortions accounted for by women with children has been increasing 1983: 44%1994: 55%28% were single moms, additional 20% cohabiting
  • Unfair to potential child merges into ideal conditions of motherhood
  • Responsibilities for existing children among those who have children transcend social class; but there are qualitative, and even quantitative, differences in regards to what these obligations consist of and the extent to which women were able to successfully meet them. Many lower income women were single parenting.
  • Women de-emphasized impact of (own) health problems on their own life, and talked about the ways that these issues impacted their abilities to take care of their children.
  • Disadvantages were both material and social. Stable family/household, education completed, stable job, house.
  • Five women presented abortion decision in context of concern that they had already harmed fetus; advanced maternal age, use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, or simply fact that didn’t take vitamins.Maternal obligations start outside of the wombPreconception care
  • Brought up more commonly by women who had children2 of the women had been adopted
  • Brought up more commonly by women who had children2 of the women had been adopted
  • Brought up more commonly by women who had children2 of the women had been adopted
  • Language: fetus=baby, abortion=killingNationally, 13% of women indicate health issues contribute to decision to abort
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