Biopolitics without Borders: An Intersectional Re-reading of the Abortion Debate in (Un)democratic Czechoslovakia (1920-1986)

Andrea Prajerova
This dissertation analyzes the political and expert discourses behind the legalization of abortion from the first attempt to decriminalize it in 1920 when democratic Czechoslovakia was established to 1986 when the institution of abortion commissions was banned during socialism. Drawing on biopolitical theories and critical feminist and disability studies that problematize the liberal understanding of rights, choice and autonomy, I shed a new light on reproduction policies by drawing parallels between the socialist and democratic...
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