Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
FONTES, Maria Lucineide Andrade. The stance of abortion in the Brazilian printed media ahead of the 2010 presidential elections: the exclusion of public health from the debate. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.7, pp.1805-1812. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000700019.
OBJECTIVES: this article presents the results of research to monitor the Brazilian printed media in order to identify the stance of the abortion issue during the period from July 6 to October 29, 2010, which was the period of the official presidential campaign in Brazil. METHODOLOGY: based on the monitoring of 28 printed media vehicles (newspapers and magazines) with nationwide circulation, the research selected 464 texts, of which 434 were considered valid for the study. The media studied included stories, reports, notes, opinion columns, interviews and letters from readers. RESULTS: although abortion was widely mentioned in Brazilian news coverage of the presidential campaign in 2010, with an average of four texts published per day, the stance adopted for the issue was not from the standpoint of public health. Among the 434 texts analyzed, only one report explicitly addressed epidemiological data linking abortion to women's health. In the other texts, the positioning of abortion was guided by the electoral stance that associated it with the dispute for the votes of the religious communities and conservative voters.
Keywords : Abortion; Positioning; Stance; Reproductive health; Public health; Election campaign.