chapter  9
Abortion Politics and the Persistence of Patriarchy
WithMeda Chesney-Lind
Pages 19

Many nations in the Global North have seen the rise of an unapologetic rightwing populism, which seems to have emerged in response to a set of transnational political factors, including immigration and globalization. Donald Trump is an unapologetic misogynist, and one who bragged about grabbing women in their genitals; he has also been accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen women. On a political and policy level, Trump appears to have established an effective coalition with conservative establishment Republicans in Congress. Women’s rights activists’ use of the phrase “Reproductive Politics” emerged in the mid-twentieth-century, and signaled that the movement no longer dealt with just women’s right to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Efforts to criminalize family planning and abortion place the criminal justice system firmly in the center of patriarchal controls on girls and women’s behavior, particularly since women’s sexual and reproductive health is a matter of grave concern worldwide.