This article explores the rhetoric surrounding the controversial “I Had an Abortion" t-shirt, sold by Planned Parenthood in 2005-2006. In order to understand the rhetorical impact of the t-shirt, Burkean dramatism is used to identify what terms are added and what terms are overlooked. A dramatism analysis of both pro-choice and pro-life rhetoric is included to position the t-shirt in the abortion debate.

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Elizabeth Kuechenmeister is an instructor of General Studies Writing at Bowling Green State University, where she teaches freshman composition. Her research interests include gender studies, rhetoric and the materiality of the body, and the study of rhetorical practices unique to women.



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