London Town: Transnationalism and Abortion Tourism

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of History at SFU are co-hosting this talk with Dr. Christabelle Sethna, March 6th, 3:30-5:00pm at SFU, Burnaby.

Arguably an insensitive term that has anti-abortion connotations, “abortion tourism” is today the generic catch phrase for the very real travel women undertake to access abortion services. Travel is one of the central barriers to abortion access; the further a woman has to travel for an abortion, the less likely she is to obtain one and the more likely she is to be young and underprivileged. Yet abortion tourism persists. Often conducted over long range and across domestic and international borders, abortion tourism remains a commonplace transnational phenomenon.

In the 1960s and 1970s London, England, became a global destination for abortion services. This paper deals with the reasons why. It suggests that although abortion services are localized, they function on the level of the transnational, connecting the local, the national and the international for women seeking abortions.

Christabelle Sethna is a a historian and Associate Professor, Institute of Women’s Studies/Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. She researches and publishes in the history of sex education, contraception and abortion.

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