Interrogating medical tourism: Ireland, abortion, and mobility rights

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dc.contributor.author Gilmartin, Mary
dc.contributor.author White, Allen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-22T16:12:12Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-22T16:12:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation MARY GILMARTIN & ALLEN WHITE 2011. Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights. Signs, 36 (2), 275-280. doi: 10.1086/655907 en
dc.identifier.volume 36 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 275 en
dc.identifier.endpage 280 en
dc.identifier.issn 00979740
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1078
dc.identifier.doi 10.1086/655907
dc.description.abstract Medical tourism in Ireland, like in many Western states, is built around assumptions about individual agency, choice, possibility, and mobility. One specific form of medical tourism—the flow of women from Ireland traveling in order to secure an abortion—disrupts and contradicts these assumptions. One legacy of the bitter, contentious political and legal battles surrounding abortion in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s has been 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 they have enabled successive Irish governments to avoid any responsibility for providing safe, legal, and affordable abortion services in Ireland. Nearly twenty years after the X case discussed here, the pregnant female body moving over international borders—entering and leaving the state—is still interpreted as problematic and threatening to the Irish state. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The University of Chicago Press en
dc.relation.uri http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/655907
dc.rights © 2010 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Medical tourism en
dc.subject Mobility rights en
dc.subject Abortion issues Ireland en
dc.title Interrogating medical tourism: Ireland, abortion, and mobility rights en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/A010/allenwhite en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Allen White, Geography, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: allen.white@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2013-01-17T11:27:53Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress allen.white@ucc.ie en


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