How Much Jail Time? Returning Women to the Abortion Debate

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The current Communication studies literation on the abortion debate shows the pro-life side holding all of the cards. Their use of deontological rather than teleological language and their ability to assert their ideograph <life> over <choice>, by making women invisible, act to stack the deck in their favor. “If abortion is criminalized, what should the penalty be for a woman who has an illegal abortion?” This simple question has the capacity to overturn these advantages, causing pro-lifers to use teleological language and making visible the women who choose abortion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-103
Number of pages15
JournalArgumentation and Advocacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Abortion
  • Deontology
  • Feminism
  • Ideograph
  • Invisibility
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Roe vs. Wade
  • Teleology


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