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ERIC Number: EJ550421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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ISSN: ISSN-0146-3373
Donning Sackcloth and Ashes: "Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services" and Moral Agony in Abortion Rights Rhetoric.
Tonn, Mari Boor
Communication Quarterly, v44 n3 p265-79 Sum 1996
Argues that the topos of moral agony (resembling Kenneth Burke's purifying concept of mortification) adopted by some abortion rights rhetors to allay public discomfort with abortion is rhetorically and politically self-defeating. Shows how it couches moral anguish in atypical tales of tragic circumstances and unattainable motherhood. Argues that such framing promotes serious compromises to legal abortion. (SR)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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