First Advisor

William Cornett

Date of Award


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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology and University Honors




Pro-life movement -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Abortion -- Public opinion, Women -- Attitudes, Feminism, Women's rights




In a study presented by the CDC in 2006, 49% of pregnancies reported were unintended (Finer et al. 2011), accounting for almost half of the US population of women. Debates surrounding the use of abortion services by women in dealing with unintended pregnancies have entered mainstream media in the form of discussions about the usefulness of Planned Parenthood, and whether or not Planned Parenthood should be defunded by the government. On December 3, 2015, the Senate "passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood... with a 52-47 vote" (Chang 2015), illustrating the divide in the US over abortion politics, and the public’s reengagement with an age old debate over when life begins, as well as larger structural pressures placed on women in dealing with unintended pregnancies. Within this debate exists a dichotomy; pro-choice and pro-life women, and further, pro-choice and pro-life feminist women. In this ethnography, I utilize in-depth interviews and participant observation in speaking to women who engage in pro-life activism, gathering an introductory expressions of values and views. The values explored in this ethnography include religion, fetal personhood, and feminism in relation to pro-life. My research question asks; What values are central to Pro-life women, and how do these values intersect with feminism to produce a view of Pro-Life as woman-centric?


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