Department

Women’s and Gender Studies

Publication Year

2015

Abstract

In this essay, I explore how the conservative attitudes Latinos have about abortion in both the U.S. and Latin America affect women's reproductive choices. I also identify the challenges women are facing in accessing a safe and healthy abortion both in the U.S. and Latin America. Finally, I investigate the different abortion methods women turn to when an abortion at a clinic is unattainable. One of my primary questions when I started this project was whether in a state like California where abortion is legal, an underground market exists for drugs or herbs that induce abortion. If there is an underground market, what does its existence suggest about young women's access to legal forms of abortion that occur in medical clinics?