Governance and the Reversal of Women's Rights: The Case of Abortion in El Salvador
States' governance of gender is not unidirectional. In addition to 'stagnation' and 'progress,' there can be an active reversal of rights already granted to women. Using the case of abortion rights in El Salvador, this paper investigates: What are the likely causes of right reversals? How might rights reversals be more consequential for women's lives than rights stagnations? And how might studying rights reversals as separate and distinct phenomena improve our scholarly understanding of the relationship between gender and politics more broadly?