2022 and 2023 have seen continually increasing attacks on both transgender rights and reproductive rights, which have escalated since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. Not only have these movements experienced recent attacks in the social and political realm, but trans rights and reproductive rights both share related, but distinct, questions of bodily autonomy. Despite their similarities, the reproductive rights movement has only recently begun to incorporate transgender people within their frameworks to varying degrees of success. With inclusion of transgender people in the reproductive rights movement being a new phenomenon, representation of trans people in media coverage of reproductive rights is still being shaped. In this research I seek to determine how transgender people were represented in legacy print media coverage of the overturning of Roe through qualitative media analysis. Second, I ask if themes of bodily autonomy between trans rights and reproductive rights emerge within print news articles. This research builds from three bodies of knowledge: anti-trans and anti-choice legislation and policy, transgender healthcare and reproductive justice, and bodily autonomy in trans rights and reproductive rights. I examine four main themes that emerged within the research to determine provide insight into dominant ideologies and rhetoric at the intersection of trans rights and reproductive rights.


Laura Harrison

Committee Member

Maria Bevacqua

Committee Member

Daniel Cronn-Mills

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)

Program of Study

Gender and Women's Studies


Humanities and Social Sciences



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