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The biomedicalisation of illegal abortion: the double life of misoprostol in Brazil

Overview of attention for article published in História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos, March 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#6 of 1,119)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (93rd percentile)

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Title
The biomedicalisation of illegal abortion: the double life of misoprostol in Brazil
Published in
História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos, March 2016
DOI 10.1590/s0104-59702016000100003
Pubmed ID
Authors

Silvia De Zordo

Abstract

This paper examines the double life of misoprostol in Brazil, where it is illegally used by women as an abortifacient and legally used in obstetric hospital wards. Based on my doctoral and post-doctoral anthropological research on contraception and abortion in Salvador, Bahia, this paper initially traces the "conversion" of misoprostol from a drug to treat ulcers to a self-administered abortifacient in Latin America, and its later conversion to aneclectic global obstetric tool. It then shows how, while reducing maternal mortality, its use as an illegal abortifacient has reinforced the double reproductive citizenship regime existing in countries with restrictive abortion laws and poor post-abortion care services, where poor women using it illegally are stigmatised, discriminated against and exposed to potentially severe health risks.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 38 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 3 8%
Student > Bachelor 2 5%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 3%
Student > Master 1 3%
Unknown 31 82%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 5 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 5%
Unknown 31 82%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 39. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 April 2021.
All research outputs
#714,901
of 18,982,937 outputs
Outputs from História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
#6
of 1,119 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#15,691
of 274,586 outputs
Outputs of similar age from História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
#1
of 16 outputs
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