Covering the Supreme Court’s leaked draft, mainstream print media often left out the crucial context of the catastrophic impacts of Roe’s overthrow.
Media Matters searched articles in the Factiva database in the 5 major US newspapers (Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post) for one of the terms “Planned Parenthood” , “Abortion”, “Women’s Health”, “Women’s Rights”, “Roe”, “Wade”, “Reproductive”, “Draft Opinion”, “Leakage”, “Supreme Court” or “SCOTUS” or any variation of any of the terms “pro-choice,” “anti-choice,” “pro-life,” or “anti-abortion” in the headline or first paragraph from May 2, 2022 to May 10, 2022.
We have included articles on abortion, Roe vs. Wade, reproductive health, or review draft leaking, which we defined as instances where an article mentioned these topics in the title or first paragraph. We have only included news articles, excluding opinion pieces, retrospectives, media reviews and other non-news content.
We then reviewed the identified articles to determine whether they included pro-choice voices, included anti-choice voices, identified other rights at risk if deer is overturned, mentioned trigger laws in US states that would eliminate or restrict access to abortion if deer is reversed, mentioned the groups most likely to be affected, included statistics about the number of people who would be affected, or included polling data or other statements suggesting that a majority of Americans support the right to abortion.