Abortion travels: An international history

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This article examines how women crossed local and national borders in order to obtain abortions despite laws and religious injunctions that forbade abortion. Investigating that travel reveals transnational networks of information and assistance among abortion providers, physicians, feminists, and others; it also makes visible how changing laws changed patterns of abortion travel. This article considers travelling for abortion from the 19th through the 21st century primarily by North Americans and Europeans who travelled across borders, oceans, and continents to many different countries around the world in order to obtain abortions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-352
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Modern European History
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Abortion travel
  • human rights
  • illegal abortion
  • refugees
  • women's rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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