Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy and Law

First Advisor

Rachel Moskowitz

Second Advisor

Adrienne Fulco


Partisan media news networks are increasingly prevalent in the United States. They have infiltrated nightly news, significantly heightened partisan polarization, and impacted public opinion. In this thesis, I explore the ways in which different primetime cable news shows discuss abortion. I conduct a content analysis of transcripts from randomly selected CNN, Fox, and MSNBC primetime shows in order to identify the major themes in the coverage as well as the differences across networks. My analysis shows substantial opposition towards abortion among Fox News’ hosts and guests while CNN and MSNBC’s reportage was more supportive of a woman’s right to choose. Using the results from this content analysis as a guide, I conclude by offering recommendations for Democratic or abortion access supporters in how to change abortion coverage in the United States in order to influence public policy and public opinion.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy & Law.