From Zhang & Counts (2016)

We also find that the anti-abortion side exhibits greater unity and greater intensity of emotions expressed, and that male constituents overall express moral values and personal concerns that are more in line with anti- abortion than females.

We also find that using only male Twitter messages lead to a better fit for policy diffusion than using female Twitter users. This shows a dominant role for male ideology in the diffusion of recent anti-abortion policy.

While these findings make sense given the wave of abortion legislation in the anti-abortion direction, they are also disconcerting because of the outsize impact of abortion policies on the lives and bodies of women.


Zhang, Amy X., and Counts, Scott (2016). “Gender and Ideology in the Spread of Anti-Abortion Policy.Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM.

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