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25 April 2019

Activist framing of abortion and use for policy change in Peru

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SRHM has been posting relevant articles from the SRHM journal throughout the month.

In their latest article, Cynthia Beavin, Deborah L Billings & Susana Chávez identified how Peruvian activists frame the topic of abortion in order to understand how and why certain frames are privileged in attempts to shift policy and social norms.

Here, the abstract of their work:

“Identifying how activists frame the topic of abortion is key to unpacking their understanding of “abortion” in Peru. It is important to explore how and why certain frames are privileged in attempts to shift policy and social norms. In 2016, the authors conducted qualitative interviews with 10 activists in Lima, Peru to develop a deep understanding of these issues. Activists worked through different approaches and lenses, including law, medicine, sociology, psychiatry, journalism, non-governmental organisational management, LGBTQ rights, and indigenous rights. Four common frames emerged through the analysis and those frames shifted based on whether activists were speaking to the general public or to policymakers. Understanding Peru's activist framing of abortion can contribute to a deeper analysis of regional and global movements to legalise abortion, which also takes into account local specificities.”

You can access the full article and the rest of the Open Issue online.

SOURCE: SRHM