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Pregnant on ArrivalMaking the Illegal Immigrant$
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Eithne Luibhéid

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680993

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680993.001.0001

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The “Right to Life of the Unborn” and Migration Controls

The “Right to Life of the Unborn” and Migration Controls

(p.125) Chapter 4 The “Right to Life of the Unborn” and Migration Controls
Pregnant on Arrival

Eithne Luibhéid

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Four centers on a Supreme Court decision involving a Nigerian asylum seeker who tried to avoid deportation by arguing that she was pregnant and the Irish Constitution promises to “defend and vindicate” the “right to life of the unborn.” I analyze how pro-life discourses shape state immigration and asylum controls; immigrants’ opportunities to resist deportation and acquire legal status; and Irish women’s right to travel overseas, including for abortions.

Keywords:   Queer, Illegal immigration, Ethnic Studies, Transnational sexualities/feminisms, Ireland/ Irish studies, Citizenship, Asylum, Pregnant migrant

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