"I Had an Abortion": A Feminist Analysis of the Abortion Debate

Elizabeth Fleitz Kuechenmeister


This article explores the rhetoric surrounding the controversial “I Had an Abortion” t-shirt, sold by Planned Parenthood in 2005-2006. In order to understand the rhetorical impact of the t-shirt, Burkean dramatism is used to identify what terms are added and what terms are overlooked. A dramatistic analysis of both pro-choice and pro-life rhetoric is included to position the t-shirt in the abortion debate.


rhetoric; abortion; pro-choice; Burke; feminism; dramatism