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    ‘All this way, all this money, for a five-minute procedure’: barriers, mobilities, and representation on the US abortion road trip

    Engle, Olivia and Freeman, C. (2023) ‘All this way, all this money, for a five-minute procedure’: barriers, mobilities, and representation on the US abortion road trip. Mobilities 18 (2), pp. 297-311. ISSN 1745-0101.

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    Abstract

    The abortion road trip is a narrative device that has emerged in the last decade whereby the central plot of the story is the journey taken in search of an abortion. In this paper we analyze two young adult novels (Unpregnant and Girls on the Verge) and two films (Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Grandma) that follow adolescent girls traveling for abortions in the contemporary United States. Through the analysis of these four narratives, we argue that representations of the abortion road trip are novel for their focus on the barriers and politics of abortion access in the United States. While the representations do prioritize certain barriers over others, they mark an important shift in abortion discourse in popular culture. Instead of the ‘drama’ of the plot being the decision to have an abortion, it is increasingly other socio-politico-legal issues such as the lack of abortion clinics, the distance required to travel, legal rights for adolescents, the cost of the procedure, and the opinions of family and friends that take center stage. The focus on these structural, political barriers can help to educate audiences about the realities of abortion access in the US and move abortion discourse beyond the individual.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Olivia ENGLE
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 13:32
    Last Modified: 08 Jan 2024 01:10
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/48477

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