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Bridging the Gap: Feminist Movements and their Efforts to Advance Abortion Rights in Chile

Ivanescu, Yvonne ;Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa; Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa

Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2013

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  • Title:
    Bridging the Gap: Feminist Movements and their Efforts to Advance Abortion Rights in Chile
  • Author/Creator: Ivanescu, Yvonne
  • Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa; Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • Publisher: Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • Creation Date: 2013
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Third-Wave ; Abortion Debate ; Abortion ; Generational Tensions ; Reproductive And Sexual Rights ; Second-Wave ; Santiago ; Chile ; Catholic Church ; Latin America ; Reproductive Rights
  • Description: Chile allowed therapeutic abortion (cases in which the mother’s life was in danger) from 1931 until 1989, the last year of the Pinochet military dictatorship. After Pinochet stepped down, Chile underwent a democratic transition in 1990 that was heavily reliant on a moral fundamentalist mentality, primarily influenced by the Catholic Church and conservative political parties. It has been widely argued that after the democratic transition, the previously strong and united women’s movement lost much of its visibility and cohesiveness due to its progressive fragmentation. This thesis holds that the women’s movement in Chile is not dead, but instead there are numerous small movements that apply different methods in an attempt to change abortion legislation in Chile. Through the dissemination of secondary research and first-person interviews conducted over a period of six months in Chile, the results show that Chilean third-wave feminists have re-shaped the women’s movement in an effort to introduce innovative ideas and tactics to advance abortion rights. Nonetheless, these new voices have also created tensions between new and old feminists further dividing the movement and limiting their ability to effect real change in regards to the abortion debate in Chile....
  • Target Audience: en
  • Identifier: DOI: 10.20381/ruor-3318