Political Science, Department of


Date of this Version

Fall 11-23-2015

Document Type



Hunt, Katherine. 2015. "Competing for Attention: A Comparative Study of Social Movements and News Media in Abortion Debates." Dissertation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Political Science (International Human Rights and Diversity and Women’s and Gender Studies), Under the Supervision of Professor Ari Kohen. Lincoln, Nebraska: November, 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 Katherine E. L. Hunt


Why do some social movements in abortion debates get more attention from the news media than others? Do movements that support the status quo receive more attention than those opposing the status quo? Through quantitative content analysis of eight major newspapers in South Korea, Ireland, and Canada and fieldwork in South Korea and Ireland, I theorize that antistatus quo groups – whether they are for or against abortion rights – may reopen debate conditions in their countries by strategically using international human rights norms and frames and gaining standing in the news media in environments that tend to be hostile to their views.

Advisor: Ari Kohen