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'Women-protective’ language is broadly used as a frame in political discussions on women’s reproductive healthcare and labour rights. This article addresses the use of ‘women-protective’ language in online news articles in the Latvian media about the proposed prohibition of oocyte donation for nulliparous women. The main focus of the recent Latvian debate has not been on the technology itself, but rather on the female body and women’s rationality and decision-making capacity.

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"Women protective" language frame in the context of political debates does not promote logical argumentation in the debates. The application of this frame is especially dangerous when used by politicians as it may lead to the legal restriction of women’s rights.

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The results of the analysis show that use of the ‘women-protective’ frame positions women as victims, increases control over the female body and restricts women’s rights to make autonomous decisions. The application of this frame is especially dangerous when used by politicians as it may lead to the legal restriction of women’s rights.

Dr Signe Mezinska
University of Latvia

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This page is a summary of: ‘Women-protective’ language as a tool of exclusion: Debates on oocyte donation in Latvia, European Journal of Women s Studies, November 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1350506818812920.
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