Abjection and mourning in the struggle over fetal remains

  title={Abjection and mourning in the struggle over fetal remains},
  author={Brittany R. Leach},
  journal={Contemporary Political Theory},
Should the remains of aborted fetuses be treated as human corpses or medical waste? How can feminists defend abortion rights without erasing the experiences of women who mourn fetal death or lending support to pro-life constructions of fetal personhood? To answer these questions, I trace the role of abjection and mourning in debates over fetal remains disposal regulations. Critiquing pro-life views of fetal personhood while challenging feminists to develop richer and more compelling accounts of… 

At the Borders of the Body Politic: Fetal Citizens, Pregnant Migrants, and Reproductive Injustices in Immigration Detention

To analyze intersecting power relations in reproductive and immigration politics, I examine Garza v. Hargan (an appellate case regarding unaccompanied immigrant minors’ abortion rights) alongside



Feminist Philosophy and Prenatal Death: Relationality and the Ethics of Intimacy

  • Victoria Browne
  • Philosophy
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2016
People affected by prenatal death often grapple with some serious philosophical questions: What kind of life is it that dies before it is born? What has been lost, and how do we mourn a life that has

Foetal personhood and representations of the absent child in pregnancy loss memorialization

Because mourning and memorializing a miscarriage seems to imply acceptance of foetal personhood, feminists have been reluctant to address the often traumatic but common experience of pregnancy loss.

Whose Backlash, against Whom? Feminism and the American Pro-Life Movement’s “Mother-Child Strategy”

  • Brittany R. Leach
  • Political Science, Sociology
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2020
The American pro-life movement’s “mother-child strategy,” which emphasizes the alignment of fetal and maternal interests, complicates conceptions of backlash. Pro-life activists claim that it is now

Motherhood, Sexuality, and Pregnant Embodiment: Twenty-Five Years of Gestation

My essay is framed by Hypatia's first special issue on Motherhood and Sexuality at one end, and by the most recent special issue (as of this writing) on the work of Iris Young, whose work on pregnant

Feminism and the abyss of freedom

In contemporary feminist theory, the problem of feminine subjectivity persistently appears and reappears as the site that grounds all discussion of feminism. In "Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom,"

Seeing and knowing

Foetal images have been central to the medicalized abortion debate since the 1960s. Feminists have extensively analysed such pictures, arguing that the pregnant body is separated from the foetus and

Theorizing waste in abortion and fetal ovarian tissue use.

  • R. Arris
  • Art
    Canadian journal of women and the law = Revue juridique La femme et le droit
  • 2003
This article explores the theoretical implications of the concept of waste as it specifically relates to arguments in favour of fetal ovarian tissue use as a source of donor eggs. The author begins

"Properly Disposed of": A history of embryo disposal and the changing claims on fetal remains

Based on archival research into the social history of human embryo collecting in Baltimore, Maryland, in the early 20th century, it is argued that the classification of embryos and fetal remains as medical waste can be traced to a pragmatic alliance between embryologists and state functionaries.

Arguing Abortion: The New Anti-Abortion Discourse in Canada

Abstract. This article analyzes the nature of contemporary anti-abortion discourse in Canada. Based on a rigorous qualitative and quantitative analysis of the public discourse of a wide variety of

The inversion of exceptionality: Foucault, Agamben, and "reproductive rights"

Since it has not to date arisen as a question, is it possible to open a debate with Giorgio Agamben concerning the role of women’s bodies in the politicization of life? What different inflections of