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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hermeneutics, rhetoric, and paternalism in abortion law: An analysis of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc.
by White, Jessica L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 120; 10111180
Abstract (Summary)

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States decided in favor of Hobby Lobby, Inc. in the landmark decision of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc. This decision established a significant new legal principle, substantially changing the interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and for-profit business rights. This thesis uses hermeneutic rhetorical theory to study the majority and dissenting opinions of the Hobby Lobby, Inc. decision to explicate the inherent paternalistic function within the rhetorical arguments of protection, corporate personhood, choice, sincerity, and the burden versus entitlement binary. Beyond the Hobby Lobby, Inc. decision, I argue that paternalism lies at the heart of many of the differences in feminist hermeneutics on abortion. This thesis promotes a more tolerant and respectful examination of the abortion debate with the higher goal of reaching a greater understanding of our social condition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Kevin A.
Commitee: Asenas, Jennifer J., Heyse, Amy L.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Communication, Rhetoric
Keywords: Abortion, Hermeneutics, Law, Paternalism, Rhetoric
Publication Number: 10111180
ISBN: 978-1-339-74390-5
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