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2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars
2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow
Lynn M. Thomas (she/her/hers)
A Global History of Abortion: Kenya, the United States, and Contested Technologies
This book project examines how post-Roe abortion struggles emerged from international developments since the 1970s. Abortion technologies and politics in Kenya, the United States, and elsewhere are the product of gendered and racialized contests over reproduction, health, and governance dating back decades that became increasingly entangled over time. This project will answer three questions. What international developments fueled the creation and circulation of new abortion technologies? How did African women – from patients presenting with obstetrical emergencies to feminist lawyers – make abortion a more visible issue? And why did Kenya become a battleground for the transnational pro-choice and pro-life movements?