Metrics of Survival: Post-Abortion Care and Reproductive Rights in Senegal

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Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Senegal between 2010 and 2011, I demonstrate how health professionals have deployed indicators such as number of women and abortion type treated in government hospitals to demonstrate commitment to global mandates on reproductive rights. These indicators obscure discrimination against women suspected of illegal abortion as health workers negotiate obstetric treatment with the abortion law. By measuring hospitals’ capacity to keep women with abortion complications alive, post-abortion care (PAC) indicators have normalized survival as a state of reproductive well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-166
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2019

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Reproductive Rights
Senegal
abortion
Survival
Criminal Abortion
Health
Obstetrics
obstetrics
health professionals
discrimination
well-being
commitment
worker
Law
health
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • abortion
  • ethnography
  • hospital metrics
  • reproductive governance
  • reproductive rights
  • Senegal

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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Metrics of Survival : Post-Abortion Care and Reproductive Rights in Senegal. / Suh, Siri.

In: Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, Vol. 38, No. 2, 17.02.2019, p. 152-166.

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