Abortion Beyond the Law

Abortion Beyond the Law:Building a Global Feminist Movement for Self-Managed Abortion

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The feminists across Latin America, Africa, and Europe making self-managed abortion available to all - and the transnational movement they have built along the way

Drawing on years of research with activists around the world, sociologist Naomi Braine describes the strategies, politics, and tactics of direct action feminists bringing abortion pills, information, and support to people seeking to end unwanted pregnancies. From combatting the legal strictures of Bolsonaro's Brazil, to navigating the NGO-dominated landscape of Kenya and Nigeria, feminist activists are making safe, accessible abortion care available against the odds.

Even more important, these women are building a robust transnational feminist network. Tactics developed in the Global South - hotlines, practices of accompaniment and peer-to-peer care, and scientific information - are now being shared with activists in Europe and North America, building a new model for international feminist solidarity.


  • This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to know how the global feminist movement for self-managed abortion has been providing access to safe and quality pregnancy termination—beyond legal and medical authority.

    Nayla Luz Vacarezza, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, Argentina
  • Read this book and learn all about the creative strategies and intrepid people making a real difference in the lives of millions.

    Francine Coeytaux and Elisa Wells, Cofounders, Plan C