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COVID-19 and abortion: making structural violence visible

Nandagiri, Rishita ORCID: 0000-0003-4424-769X, Coast, Ernestina ORCID: 0000-0002-8703-307X and Strong, Joe ORCID: 0000-0001-8626-4020 (2020) COVID-19 and abortion: making structural violence visible. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46 (1). 83 - 89. ISSN 1944-0391

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Identification Number: 10.1363/46e1320


COVID-19 has compromised and disrupted sexual and reproductive health (SRH) across multiple dimensions: individual-level access, health systems functioning, and at the policy and governance levels. Disruptions to supply chains, lockdown measures and travel restrictions, and overburdened health systems have particularly affected abortion access and service provision. The pandemic, rather than causing new issues, has heightened and exposed existing fractures and fissures within abortion access and provision. In this viewpoint, we draw on the concept of “structural violence” to make visible the contributing causes of these ruptures and their inequitable impact among different groups.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Guttmacher Institute
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Social Policy
International Development
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 13:15
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 01:06

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