When They Put Their Hands Out Like Scales
National ideals of motherhood and acceptable female behaviour are threaded through the anti-choice arguments. To try and represent the 'abortion journey' experience, in effect it becomes the "fulcrum of a much broader ideological struggle in which the very meanings of family, the state, motherhood, and ...women's sexuality are contested". (Petchesky, Rosalind. Abortion and Women's Choice: The State, Sexuality and Reproductive Freedom) The polemic narrative surrounding abortion is bewildering. Ambiguity and conflict are played out in the passing landscapes and impersonal details, paralleled by the political bluster and suffocating reality of the legal constrictions. Layers of glass and reflection acknowledge the morally indignant language used by political representatives. Exile, shrouded in shame, has become the abortion seeker's only escape.
Noel Bowler • Emma Campbell • Judith Cornwell • Lena Cronin • Ken Finegan • Rich Gilligan • Jason Higgins • Hans Klemmer • Paul McGuckin • Lorna O'Brien • Ciaran Og Arnold • Myles Shelly •