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Ein etnografisk kanning av tveimum mótstríðandi fosturtøkufatanum í Føroyum

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Turið Hermannsdóttir

Søgu- og Samfelagsdeildin, Fróðskaparsetur Føroya

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Firouz Gaini,

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Abortion is a feminist agenda, linking its relation to women’s reproductive rights (Timpson 1996, Markowitz 1990). Women’s access to abortion and other reproductive rights, have spread globally, especially in modern, Western societies, during the last 40 years (Lie et al. 2008). There are though modern, Western countries that do not follow this development of liberalisation, cultural acceptance and free access to abortion. Despite the technological development in contraceptive methods and access to methods or conservative abortion regulations, induced abortions are ‘here to stay’ (Timpson 1996, Pedersen 2008, Sedgh et al. 2016), which correctly implies that women and couples make reproductive decisions based on own moral values, and do what is necessary in the given situation (Timpson 1996: 778). The Faroe Islands have a restrictive abortion law, where an authorised medical examiner can grant an abortion based on medical criteria. I will seek to explain how women on the Faroe Islands adapt to the modern institution and values on abortion, e.g. neighbouring countries (especially Denmark), while living in a society with a conservative and restrictive abortion law. How does a woman navigate in the two conflicting moral values in terms of own decision-making and sexual behaviour? The proposed study seeks to answer these questions in an ethnographic study examining the interplay between modernity and traditional values and how the two conflicting values influence women on the Faroe Islands, from a feministic perspective (Simone de Beauvoir 1971, Alison Jaggar 1975, Markowitz 1990, Timpson 1996)

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