Lecturer Jennifer Zenovich Discusses Abortion, Women's Rights Issues in Montenegro

Monday, June 07, 2021

RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY (PRAGUE) -- Jennifer Zenovich, a lecturer at San Francisco State University ​who wrote an auto-ethnography on “the property of gender” in Montenegro in 2016, tells RFE/RL that she “[doubts] that there is an epidemic of abortion of female fetuses” there.

She cites the country’s low birth rate, the cost of such a procedure, possibly including travel to avoid the ban, cultural stigmas, birth-control practices and women’s employment numbers.

“I would say that property ownership and inheritance as a gendered practice influences pregnancy and abortion for people in Montenegro,” Zenovich says. “However, I would not claim that it is the only reason that one may terminate a pregnancy.”