‘My mother took in loads of teenage pregnancies – it would have been my sisters’ friends, whose parents had thrown them out because they had fallen pregnant outside of wedlock.’
Health and resilience is a key issue for women in Northern Ireland. Through this theme you can search the archives to find documents noting the introduction of new laws, amendments to existing laws, campaigns and protests around healthcare issues, the creation of health centres, the development of new services, and organisations which have supported women in times of need.
Women’s attitudes to and experiences of healthcare issues are amplified and issues affecting women of all generations are spotlighted. Archives detailing changes to the welfare state, developments in family planning services, the impact of cuts to the health service, and issues around violence against women are discoverable, alongside the individuals and community driven organisations which provided support to women in times of need. This theme also responds to contemporary history in this subject area with archival material examining the repeal of 8th Amendment in Ireland and documenting ongoing debates around abortion reform in Northern Ireland.