Media Coverage Charts

Has life nothing to do with abortion?

Abortion is one of the most polarizing issues that can ever be discussed. And however you feel about it, the discussion is mostly split between two huge groups: pro-life and pro-choice.

While debate is still possible among the two groups and according to Pew Research few Americans "take an absolutist view on the legality of abortion", activists believe in positions that are difficult to reconcile. On one side they believe that a woman having an abortion, no matter how early or the circumstances, is a murderer. On the other side, they believe that people opposing abortion through the entirety of pregnancy do not mean to protect life, but only to fight against women's rights.

Lately, the pro-life/pro-choice dichotomy has experienced a significant shift in the language. While on the conservative side "pro-choice" has remained the definition of choice, on the liberal side, among activists, "anti-abortion" or "anti-abortion rights" has gained more ground. There is however no conservative version of "anti-abortion": activists don't use terms like "pro-murder", for example. So for that reason one would expect the media to keep using the perfectly symmetric pro-life and pro-choice definitions.

We decided to check whether the media is leaning toward the side of activism or the side of dialogue, so we looked for exposure of both terms in liberal and conservative media. The results were expectedly lop-sided...

Sources include ABC News, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, New York Times, Politico, Washington Post, CNN, HuffPost, VOX

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