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Christina Schwabenland, Chris Lange, Jenny Onyx, and Sachiko Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324775

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.001.0001

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From feminist extravagance to citizen demand: the movement for abortion legalisation in Uruguay

From feminist extravagance to citizen demand: the movement for abortion legalisation in Uruguay

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(p.135) Seven From feminist extravagance to citizen demand: the movement for abortion legalisation in Uruguay
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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Inés M Pousadela

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0007

This chapter illustrates the crucial, decades-long contribution of Uruguayan women’s organisations to the emancipation of women. It does so by analysing the political process leading to the recent legalisation of abortion in Uruguay, as well as the multiple strategies resorted to by the women’s movement to create a social consensus around women’s rights – and sexual and reproductive rights in specific – as integral to human rights. The story of the struggle for the legalisation of abortion in Uruguay also demonstrates the fragility of rights; as Uruguayan women’s organisations have learned the hard way, rights should never be taken for granted. Steps backwards are always possible and emancipation is never complete; further action will always be required to secure rights, as well as to advance new generations of rights.

Keywords:   Uruguay, women’s movement, sexual and reproductive rights, abortion, women’s organisations

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