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Gilmartin, M. and White, A.;
Signs: Journal of Women In Culture and Society
Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights
In Press
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Medical tourism in Ireland, like many Western states, is built around assumptions about individual agency, choice, possibility and mobility. However one specific form of medical tourism - the flow of women from Ireland travelling in order to secure an abortion¿ disrupt and contradict these assumptions. One legacy of the contentious and bitter political and legal battles surrounding abortion in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s has been the securing the right of mobility for all pregnant Irish citizens to cross international borders to secure an abortion. However these mobility rights are contingent upon nationality, social class and race and have enabled the successive Irish governments to avoid their responsibilities to provide safe, legal and affordable abortion services in Ireland. Nearly twenty years after the X case the pregnant female body moving over international borders ¿ entering and leaving the state -  is still interpreted as problematic and threatening to the Irish state.

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