4558 - The Experience of Abortion for Mexican Women: The Sexual Body, the Fertile Body, and the Body of Abortion

In April 2007, Mexico City's Legislative Assembly passed a law that decriminalized abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation and established that the Ministry of Health was to provide the service. Thus, Mexican women today have the opportunity to seek a legal termination of pregnancy without having to follow any legal procedure or to justify their decision before any medical institution. This undoubtedly sets different coordinates for the experience.

This article explores the above issues through the qualitative analysis of interviews with women who had the procedure at Mexico City government public facilities during 2008 and 2009. In this paper the way the body is discursively constructed during the process of voluntary abortion is explored, through looking at the forms the materiality of the body takes in women's narratives, because they may inform about contemporary forms of subjectivation. Consequently, analyzes narratives about the relations between the subject and her body in the context of pregnancy and its termination.

As the paper will argue, female bodies are now the object of intense political struggle in Mexico, represented by notions of the naturalization of motherhood, medical discourses of family planning, and the feminist vindication of the body as women's property. What "body" is then discussed in the interviews? Three kinds of embodiments came through in women's narratives of the experience: the sexual body, the fertile body, and the body of abortion.

Palabras claves: rights, Body, abortion, Mexico, women

Autores: Amuchástegui, Ana (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico / Mexiko)


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