Enhancing or Distorting Vision: Examining How Texas Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Groups Frame Social Media Messages




Murphy, Travis

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The purpose of this study was to compare the frames used in pro-choice and pro-life nonprofit social media posts. Two periods of time were examined. Seven days before and after Politico published a draft majority opinion from the Supreme Court. An additional seven days were examined before and after the court released their opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. A frame is how a story is told - things omitted and included. How a story is packaged is significant because it influences what information the public has available to form an opinion. A content analysis was conducted of the social media posts (N = 205) of four Texas nonprofit groups tied to the abortion debate. Results indicate there were differences in the frames employed between the two groups as well differences found for frames used before and after the Politico leak.



framing, social media messages, Facebook posts, abortion rights, abortion restrictions, framing abortion, SMO, social movement organizations


Murphy, T. (2023). Enhancing or distorting vision: Examining how Texas pro-life and pro-choice groups frame social media messages. Honors College, Texas State University.


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