This research addresses the important issue of abortion, still controversial in Western countries. It provides a new perspective by examining attitudes not to abortion itself, but to women and their partners who decide to have an abortion. Through two experimental studies, we expected and found that the decision to abort increased moral outrage toward a woman (Study 1 and Study 2) and her male partner (Study 2). Moreover, we found that the decision to abort reduced a woman’s (Study 1 and Study 2) and man’s (Study 2) humanness through the mediation of elicited moral outrage. These findings clarify the continuing prevalence and perpetuation of disparaging attitudes toward those who seek an abortion, and suggest many directions for future research.

Elective Abortion Predicts the Dehumanization of Women and Men Through the Mediation of Moral Outrage / Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina; Giovannelli, Ilaria; Spaccatini, Federica; Vaes, Jeroen; Barbaranelli, Claudio. - In: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1864-9335. - 49:5(2018), pp. 287-302. [10.1027/1864-9335/a000351]

Elective Abortion Predicts the Dehumanization of Women and Men Through the Mediation of Moral Outrage

Vaes, Jeroen;
2018

Abstract

This research addresses the important issue of abortion, still controversial in Western countries. It provides a new perspective by examining attitudes not to abortion itself, but to women and their partners who decide to have an abortion. Through two experimental studies, we expected and found that the decision to abort increased moral outrage toward a woman (Study 1 and Study 2) and her male partner (Study 2). Moreover, we found that the decision to abort reduced a woman’s (Study 1 and Study 2) and man’s (Study 2) humanness through the mediation of elicited moral outrage. These findings clarify the continuing prevalence and perpetuation of disparaging attitudes toward those who seek an abortion, and suggest many directions for future research.
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Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina; Giovannelli, Ilaria; Spaccatini, Federica; Vaes, Jeroen; Barbaranelli, Claudio
Elective Abortion Predicts the Dehumanization of Women and Men Through the Mediation of Moral Outrage / Pacilli, Maria Giuseppina; Giovannelli, Ilaria; Spaccatini, Federica; Vaes, Jeroen; Barbaranelli, Claudio. - In: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1864-9335. - 49:5(2018), pp. 287-302. [10.1027/1864-9335/a000351]
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