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Abortion representation in the media: The UK and the US in comparative perspective.
Journalism & Communication
Pages 9 (2259 words)
Abortion has gained immense social, political and media attention throughout the history. The print and visual media has been portraying rightly and faultily performed abortions every day to the wider audience.
The hardly digestible fact is, why television and film media avoids, miss-leads and confuses audience in regard to abortion? Why the truth has not been completely interpreted and why visual and print media do not represent abortion as a part of UK culture like sex and gay relationships? Although, the connotation of media on the society is evident, as the information retrieved from it, was and is to some extent considered authentic without the need of verification by the general public. However, this notion has been discarded by most of the viewers now as they are linked to several communities, which provide them with the realistic facts on the disputable aspects. Thus, media has lost its position of being a reliable source of information due to biased representation of realistic facts. After the commencement of abortion law in UK in 1967, the censorship policy was reviewed and hence many controversial yet factual aspects became a part of media coverage or main themes of the customary programs. However, abortion was and is one subject which has yet not revealed it-self completely. The reason described for it is, if abortion is shown as a rightful choice for the women in all circumstances, there would be a serious decline in birth rate and family values would be battered completely. Along with it, ethical conflict on abortion is irresolvable. Hence, movies, theater, soap series avoids this debatable hence, truthful aspect. ...
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