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Honors Thesis


Abortion has been one of the most contentious topics in our society. Opposing camps frame the issues in different ways to compete for public opinion and influence public policies. This study focuses on one of the latest exhibits of this long debate – the Supreme Court case Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Related press releases from 2013-2016 by the two actively involved organizations, the Center for Reproductive Rights (prochoice) and Americans United for Life (pro-life), were selected for analysis. A coding schema was devised that helped to identify four main frames in these press releases. The results show that a main frame of Social Support was common for both sides; however, the Center for Reproductive Rights also embraced a Personal Experience/Discernment frame.

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