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3-31-2023

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Abstract

The Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade (1973), ruled that abortion was a right under the United States Constitution, making abortion legal in all 50 states. The Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022), ruled that abortion was not a right under the United States Constitution, thus overturning the ruling of Roe v. Wade. The recent ruling allows states to determine their own abortion laws. As a result, states are restricting access to abortion. This creates barriers for women who live in states with strict abortion laws, which can potentially raise rates of maternal morbidities and mortality. To mitigate these barriers, this capstone reviewed mass communication content on what methods exist to ensure abortion access for women in the United States. A content analysis was used for this study, which is a research design that analyzes the frequency of themes throughout mass communication content. Analyzing mass communication content is necessary because 1). Roe v. Wade was overturned less than 1 year ago, thus there is a limited number of published, peer-reviewed articles, and 2). mass communication content is an effective way to reach large audiences. Articles of mass communication content were analyzed from ProQuest U.S Newsstream. Articles were published in the United States and published between June 24th, 2022 to January 1st, 2023. Articles had specific subjects and key terms. This yielded 35 articles that were eligible for the study. Results from this content analysis included methods that were categorized into 4 specific themes: education on how to obtain an abortion in the United States, financial support for an abortion, non-financial support for an abortion, and future reproductive healthcare initiatives. The findings of this content analysis have several implications for what reproductive health will look like for women living in a Post-Roe United States.

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English

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