I was delighted to speak recently at LSE's Middle East Centre about my research on abortion in Israel. It was my first public lecture after a year of maternity leave, which as many of you will know is a daunting task. I needn't have fretted: My paper was very well received by an engaged and engaging audience, leading to a stimulating question and answer session afterwards. Many thanks to my former doctoral supervisor, Professor Avi Shlaim, for chairing the event.
The paper I presented - which is based on a journal article that I published in Israel Studies last year, and which you can read and/or download here - outlines the historical and
contemporary struggles that have led to the gap between the restrictions
on, and availability of, abortion in Israel. I attribute this gap to
the compromise necessitated by conflicts among competing policymakers,
motivated by opposing viewpoints and interests, over the objectives and
substance of abortion policies.
If you'd like to hear more, you can listen to the podcast of my lecture here.