Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Conflict Resolution

First Advisor

Karen Ross

Second Advisor

J. Shoshanna Ehrlich

Third Advisor

Darren Kew


The landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade sparked a 50-year conflict between two social groups- the pro-life and pro-choice movements . As political parties, religious groups, and prominent social figures more clearly aligned themselves with either the pro-choice or pro-life movement, the salience and controversy around the issue rose significantly. Individuals within each group began to see others as outsiders, rivals, and even enemies. Strong opinions and passionate perspectives do not just materialize, they are influenced by a myriad of factors unique to each individual. This thesis seeks to understand, using a conflict resolution perspective, how various experiences individuals may have with abortion may influence their opinion on the issue, and ultimately escalate the conflict.


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