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Salome Tuomaala, MA
DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE RELIGION, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

E-mail: salome.tuomaala@helsinki.fi
Research interests: Gender, sexuality, ethics, embodiment, reproductive rights


H: Abortion, Embodiment, Gender and the Sacred

I currently work on my doctoral thesis on experiences of abortion and abortion ethics. I am approaching the theme by comparing Finnish expressions of experiences of abortion to Anglo-American feminist discussions on abortion ethics.

In Finland abortion was legalized in 1950, and the law was reformed in 1970. The current abortion law allows abortion to be performed at woman´s request for various medical and social reasons. However, woman´s desire to have an
abortion is not in itself a sufficient reason to interrupt pregnancy. In practice the interpretatation of law is broad and the general view is that it is easy to get an abortion in Finland. Still, what that the current law
signals is found highly problematic by those concerned with women´s rights.

In my MA thesis I examined how and what Finnish women tell about their experience of abortion. In addition to women´s interviews I analysed newspaper editorials. In my Ph.D. study I will expand the analysis by collecting stories written by people who have experienced abortion or
accompanied their spouses in abortion process. I want to include stories of men´s experiences in my study, because I am interested in getting a more detailed picture of those agents of abortion that public discussion does not mention.

Yet another source of data for my study is the variety of feminist theological and philosophical texts on abortion. I will compare ideas of
feminist theologians exploring Christian tradition of abortion ethics to secular feminists’ texts examining concepts of (woman’s) body, self and citizenship. Finally, I will compare Finnish expressions of experiences of
abortion to Anglo-American feminist discussions on abortion ethics.



Publications: 
Tuomaala, Salome 2002: Ruumiita mahdollisuuksien rajoilla. Kokemuksia,kertomuksia ja keskusteluja abortista. Naistutkimusraportteja 2002:1. Helsinki. Tasa-arvoasian neuvottelukunta. Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö.

Tuomaala, Salome 2001: "Mies, sikiö, nainen.
Sukupuolittunut aborttiretoriikka Kirkko&Kaupunki-lehdessä" - Retorinen tutkimus uskontotieteessä. Toim. Tuula Sakaranaho. Helsingin Yliopisto. Uskontotieteen laitos.

Tuomaala, Salome : Sukupuolet abortissa. Nettijulkaisu raijakoo. gamma.nic.fi/~raijakoo/abortit.htm


OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES IN 2002:

LECTURES:

- 27.3.2002 Ihmisten ja jumalien synnyttäminen. Luento Helsingin Yliopiston uskontotieteen laitoksen Ruumiillistuva yhteisö.
Tirkistysluukkuja antiikin perintöön -luentosarjassa.
- 25.4. 2002 Ruumiillisuus ja abortti. Esitelmä Naistutkimuksen ainejärjestön Asenne F:n kokouksessa.
- 8.6.2002 Naisten ääni ja toimijuus abortti-tilanteessa. Esitelmä nuorten naistutkijoiden kesäleirillä.
- 12.11.2002 Synti ja oikeus. Aborttiretoriikka kristillisessä ja feministisessä diskurssissa. Luento Helsingin yliopiston naistutkimuksen laitoksen luentosarjassa Sukupuoliongelmia uskonnon kontekstissa. Toimin myös ko. luentosarjan järjestäjänä.



Keywords: gender, sexuality, ethics, embodiment, reproductive rights





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