Webinar "Who Is to Blame, and What Is to Be Done? Russian Orthodox Framing of Abortion Rights"

The event will be held on Zoom https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/66595052408

In recent years, clerics in the Russian Orthodox Church have found a new outlet for morality policy discussions: online news portals, blogs, and other sites that comprise a virtual public sphere known as the Orthodox Internet. One prominent issue is abortion in Russia, a subject that has spawned numerous arguments about who is to blame for the high number of terminations performed in the country, and possible regulation and prevention measures. This article analyzes statements regarding abortion made by clerics and others serving in the Russian Orthodox Church via Orthodox Internet media sources. Using framing typologies established through morality policy research, this presentation will show that religious-moral frames were used more frequently than secular rational-instrumental or procedural arguments. In addition, it will highlight actors identified as guilty parties for the large number of abortions performed in Russia, proposals for reducing or eliminating abortions, and claims regarding those responsible for creating change. 

Caroline Hill is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) and the Department of Theology, both at Uppsala University. Her research interests include framing and morality policy debates in the former Soviet states and Southeastern Europe, and the role of the Orthodox Church and Evangelical Christian groups in mediatization of religion in Eastern Europe and the West.