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Expecting the unexpected: Nonprofit media responses to anti-abortion terrorism
Unformatted Document Text:  Running head: RESPONSES TO ANTI-ABORTION TERRORISM reveals the constructs and understandings of organizations situated in a complex discourse (Berg, 2009; Crabtree & Miller, 1999; Silverman & Marvasti, 2008). Complexity theory served as a framework to investigate all aspects of the organizations under study, including news releases and social media contributions from the organizations themselves, and national and local newspaper coverage to more fully understand how anti-abortion terrorism was being discussed. The real-time social information network, Twitter, was used to identify all tweets released by the nonprofit women’s organizations through the social media search engine Topsy.com, the largest searchable index of Twitter data. In addition, traditional media analyzed included news releases and terrorism policies produced by the organizations and available on the organizations’ websites, and newspaper coverage of anti-abortion terrorism. The LexisNexis database was used to locate all articles referencing the organizations and any of the following key search terms: anti-abortion, violence, terrorism, Tiller, Operation Rescue or Operation Save America. Sampling Six nonprofit organizations were selected for this study: the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), the National Abortion Federation (NAF), the National Organization for Women (NOW), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA) (see Table 3). These organizations were chosen from the Reproductive Health division of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization (Combined Federal Campaign # 75217; http://www.womensorganizations.org/), based on a thorough review of each organization determined by pre-determined inclusion criteria: a terrorism policy, news releases, tweets, and newspaper media coverage of anti-abortion terrorism. 14

Authors: Sundstrom, Beth., Briones, Rowena. and Janoske, Melissa.
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Running head: RESPONSES TO ANTI-ABORTION TERRORISM
reveals the constructs and understandings of organizations situated in a complex discourse (Berg, 
2009; Crabtree & Miller, 1999; Silverman & Marvasti, 2008). Complexity theory served as a 
framework to investigate all aspects of the organizations under study, including news releases 
and social media contributions from the organizations themselves, and national and local 
newspaper coverage to more fully understand how anti-abortion terrorism was being discussed. 
The real-time social information network, Twitter, was used to identify all tweets released by the 
nonprofit women’s organizations through the social media search engine Topsy.com, the largest 
searchable index of Twitter data. In addition, traditional media analyzed included news releases 
and terrorism policies produced by the organizations and available on the organizations’ 
websites, and newspaper coverage of anti-abortion terrorism. The LexisNexis database was used 
to locate all articles referencing the organizations and any of the following key search terms: 
anti-abortionviolenceterrorismTiller, Operation Rescue or Operation Save America
Sampling
Six nonprofit organizations were selected for this study: the Center for Reproductive 
Rights (CRR), the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), NARAL Pro-Choice America 
(NARAL), the National Abortion Federation (NAF), the National Organization for Women 
(NOW), and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA) (see Table 3). These 
organizations were chosen from the Reproductive Health division of the National Council of 
Women’s Organizations, a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization (Combined Federal 
Campaign # 75217; http://www.womensorganizations.org/), based on a thorough review of each 
organization determined by pre-determined inclusion criteria: a terrorism policy, news releases, 
tweets, and newspaper media coverage of anti-abortion terrorism.
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