Toward normalising abortion: findings from a qualitative secondary analysis study

Carrie Purcell, Karen Maxwell, Fiona Bloomer, Sam Rowlands, Lesley Hoggart

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In most settings worldwide, abortion continues to be highly stigmatised. Whilst a considerable body of literature has addressed abortion stigma, what is less commonly examined are the ways in which those with experience of abortion describe it in non-negative terms which may resist or reject stigma. Drawing on qualitative secondary analysis of five UK datasets using a narrative inquiry approach, we explore: the use of non-negative language around abortion, potential components of a normalising narrative, and constraints on non-negativity. As such, we present the first empirical UK study to critically examine how a dominant negative abortion narrative might be disrupted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1349-1364
Number of pages16
JournalCulture Health and Sexuality
Issue number12
Early online date14 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • abortion
  • abortion stigma
  • normalising abortion
  • qualitative secondary analysis (QSA)
  • UK


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