Abortion and Democracy offers critical analyses of abortion politics in Latin America’s Southern Cone, with lessons and insights of wider significance. Drawing on the region’s recent history of military dictatorship and democratic transition, this edited volume explores how abortion rights demands fit with current democratic agendas.

With a focus on Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, the book’s contributors delve into the complex reality of abortion through the examination of the discourses, strategies, successes, and challenges of abortion rights movements. Assembling a multiplicity of voices and experiences, the contributions illuminate key dimensions of abortion rights struggles: health aspects, litigation efforts, legislative debates, party politics, digital strategies, grassroots mobilization, coalition-building, affective and artistic components, and movement-countermovement dynamics. The book takes an approach that is sensitive to social inequalities and to the transnational aspects of abortion rights struggles in each country. It bridges different scales of analysis, from abortion experiences at the micro level of the clinic or the home to the macro sociopolitical and cultural forces that shape individual lives.

This is an important intervention suitable for students and scholars of abortion politics, democracy in Latin America, gender and sexuality, and women’s rights.

chapter 1|25 pages

Abortion Rights and Democracy

An Introduction

part I|87 pages

Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

chapter 2|22 pages

Abortion and Political Parties in the Southern Cone

Electoral Costs, Platforms, and Feminist Activists

chapter 4|23 pages

Orange Hands and Green Kerchiefs

Affect and Democratic Politics in Two Transnational Symbols for Abortion Rights

chapter 5|21 pages

Neoconservative Incursions into Party Politics

The Cases of Argentina and Chile

part II|40 pages


chapter 6|19 pages

“Push and Pull”

The Rocky Road to the Legalization of Abortion in Uruguay

part III|50 pages


chapter 8|18 pages

Rights and Social Struggle

The Experience of the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe, and Free Abortion in Argentina

chapter 10|15 pages

Transforming Abortion Access through Feminist Community-Based Healthcare and Activism

A Case Study of Socorristas en Red in Argentina

part IV|47 pages


chapter 11|19 pages

Between the Secular and the Religious

The Role of Academia in the Abortion Debate in Chile

chapter |6 pages


Embodying Democracy: Abortion Protest and Politics in the Southern Cone