DEN IRLÄNDSKA ABORTDEBATTEN Abortfrågans gestaltning i debattartiklar inför Irlands folkomröstning om abort den 25 maj 2018

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: In a Europe where women’s access to abortion is all the more restricted Ireland displayed adifferent development when they in a referendum 25 May 2018 voted to legalize abortion.Ireland has one of Europe’s most restrictive legislation on abortion but is now moving towardsa more liberal legislation. This essay aims to analyze how abortion has been framed in the Irishdebate before the referendum. Using framing theory and theory on stigma the essay analyzeshow writers in opinion articles in two of Irelands biggest newspapers, the Irish Times and IrishIndependent, has positioned abortion, women and fetuses. Through framing analysis and anassay scheme based on previous research the essay shows that both pro-life and pro-choicewriters tend to frame abortion as the community’s responsibility to either support pregnantwomen’s choice to end their pregnancy or protect the fetuses from being denied the right to life.Pro-life maintains stigmatizing of abortion by humanizing the fetus and strengthening thefemale ideal of motherhood, naming the eight amendment as fetuses sole protection. Pro-choicewriters proclaim women’s right to decide herself and name the eight amendment as a threat towomen, denying them necessary care.

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