Shaping stigma: An analysis of mainstream print and online news coverage of abortion 2014-2015 in USA

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In this Issue, Berkeley Media Studies group partnered with the Sea Change Program to explore how abortion stigma appears in mainstream print and online news and to consider the implications of these portrayals for reproductive health, rights and justice advocates. We also consider implications for journalists interested in telling stories that broaden the narrative around abortion in ways that affirm the range of individuals’ reproductive experiences and reduce shame and stigma.

USA: Women seeking out birth control that can outlast a presidency

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In the past few months, before and after Trump took office, both Planned Parenthood in Washington DC and several private gynaecologists who provide birth control methods who were interviewed by the Washington Post have said that women have been visiting their offices more than usual specifically to ask about birth control. An increase in the use of IUDs and implants has been taking place for some time, but now women are worried about losing benefits.

A US Century of Abortion Onscreen, 1916-2016

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The end of 2016 marked the close of a century since the first silent film in the United States addressed abortion. In these past 100 years, film, television, and our popular culture have addressed abortion in evolving ways: from the pre-code films of the 1920s, to the exploitation films of the 1940s, to television plotlines in support of legal abortion in the 1960s, to the alternately stigmatizing and stigma-busting portrayals of the 1990s and early 21st century.

Call for International Solidarity Action on 21 January 2017

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A Women’s March on America has been organised in the United States, inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, which calls on all US Americans to hold marches on 21 January 2017 in communities across the country. To date, events are being organised in 12 European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand. Details of those marches can be found in this post. Please send a link to new events so we can publicise them, to: info@safeabortionwomensright.org.

Heartbeats trump women’s legal right to abortion: the war on women hots up

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There is little or no doubt that the bill is unconstitutional. But it is only part of an unending stream of anti-abortion legislation that wastes legislative and court time and resources in the USA and ties the abortion rights movement up in knots in defensive action. Such “laws” are a marker of the deep, punitive hatred of women that has permeated the US Republican Party, like a disease, for many years now.

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