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Budde, Emma Theresa and Heichel, Stephan (2015): Liberalising Reproductive Rights in Europe. Does Socio-economic and Political Emancipation Drive Change in Abortion Policy? "Regulating Morality Policies in the European Union: The Influence of Gender-related Explanations" Panel. ECPG Conference, Uppsala, 11. - 13. Juni 2015.

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Presented by Emma Theresa Budde.

Abortion regulation is a highly gendered subject matter directly affecting women. Since liberalization in abortion legislation increases women’s scope for choice in reproduction, and thus should be in the interest of women, we expect an increase in female socio-economic and political power to drive change in the liberality of abortion legislation.

In this study we quantitatively assess the influence of gender specific factors, such as the share of women in national parliaments, labor force participation rates, and levels of tertiary education, on abortion policy. We seek to answer if increasing socio-economic and political emancipation and participation of women translates into the sphere of legal rights. Thus we explore if national opportunity structures can account for differences in abortion rights between countries.

The index that is used as dependent variable is based on a new dataset that thoroughly captures if and under which conditions an abortion can be legally obtained. It represents the most fine-grained measurement of the liberality of abortion policy that exists so far. Furthermore, with a sample size of 19 European countries, covering a time-span of 50 years (1960-2010), we considerably expand the geographical and temporal scope of previous studies on that subject.

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