par Mondo, Emilie
Référence 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (8-10/07/2015: Lille (France))
Publication Non publié, 2015-07-09
Communication à un colloque
Résumé : In 2013, the Estrela report on sexual and reproductive health and rights bore witness to the growing politicization of abortion at the EU level. The report raised debates over the meaning of the secular – but not value-free – notions of subsidiarity and human dignity. Subsidiarity refers to the formal competences of the EU; human dignity refers to the human right component of the abortion issue. The paper studies the framing strategies developed through the subsidiarity and human dignity frames during the Estrela debate. The purpose is twofold: firstly, to determine how and why European actors referred to them; secondly, to explore the effects of the politics of meaning and the interplay between conflict and consensus. The American culture war literature offers a heuristic schema which helps to explain the role of framing strategies in the contest for public morality. The study relies on a content analysis of a sample of 28 policy papers and press releases published by five European interest groups (COMECE, the FAFCE, EDW, the EHF and the EPF) and by the European citizen initiative One of Us.