Anti-abortion activism in Poland and the Republic of Ireland c.1970s-1990s

Laura Kelly, Sylwia Kuzma-Markowska

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This comparative article explores anti-abortion activism in Poland and Ireland from the period of the 1970s to the early 1990s. Drawing on a range of archival and printed sources, it sheds light on the Polish and Irish anti-abortion movements as a part of transnational anti-abortion efforts and underscores the importance of studying such phenomena transnationally, in a comparative perspective. We argue that despite political, social, and legislative differences that characterized both countries during this period, several pertinent parallels existed between Polish and Irish anti-abortion activism. As we show, both movements relied on transnational anti-abortion networks and discourses, employed medical knowledge to legitimize their efforts, and represented women undergoing abortion as victims.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Religious History
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Feb 2022


  • anti-abortion activism
  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 1970s
  • 1990s
  • contraception
  • abortion rights
  • Catholic Church

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