Philosophy Colloquium: Amy Reed-Sandoval, "Maybe It Was All God Trying to Stop Me: The Harmful Intimacy of Crossing Borders for Abortion Care"


Mar. 6, 2020, 3pm to 5pm

Office/Remote Location

Room C148


Philosophy Dept., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

-In this paper I argue that crossing borders for abortion care often constitutes a harmful intimacy violation, and that this calls for a new theory of borders. As harmful intimacy violations, borders inappropriately impose observers on aspects of experience that one ought to be able to maintain as private, and, in so doing, they fundamentally alter the nature of those experiences. Such violations are often all-encompassing from the perspective of those who endure then—impacting, at least for a time, everything that one experiences and perceives. Accounting for this, I argue, requires a theory of borders that recognizes how various borders and barriers contribute to private realm oppression. I make two specific proposals for how such a theory should be developed. My arguments draw upon ethnographic research I conducted in the summer of 2017 at two abortion clinics in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through which I studied the experiences of pregnant women who had crossed internal and external borders and/or traveled significant distances to access legal abortion care later in pregnancy.

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This event is free and and open to the public.

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Nicole Moore

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Philosophy Department