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Amanda Roberti

Assistant Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University

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About Amanda

Roberti's research focuses on the politics, policies, and law on abortion in the US. Roberti is also the co-director of the Informed Consent Project.

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Quoted by Eve DeBord in "Texas Implements the Most Restrictive Abortion Law," Golden Gate Express, September 2, 2021.
Quoted by Holly Rosenkrantz in "Abortion Rights," CQ Researcher,
Opinion: "Alabama’s Abortion Ban Forced the United States to Finally Wake Up," Amanda Roberti, The Globe Post, June 6, 2019.


"Women Deserve Better:” The Use of the Pro-Woman Frame in Anti-abortion Policies in U.S. States" Journal of Women, Politics & Polic 42, no. 3 (2021): 207-224 .

Examines how abortion bills in US states increasingly justify restrictions as being in women's best interests, or for women's health and protection. Shows that as a political strategy, this is useful to soften the antiabortion standpoint where it has been previously characterized as hostile to women.

"Empowering Women by Regulating Abortion? Conservative Women Lawmaker’s Cooptation of Feminist Language in US Abortion Politics" Politics, Groups, and Identities 10, no. 1 (2021): 139-145.

Analyzes how conservative women who are US state legislators use feminist rhetoric to explain their antiabortion standpoints. Claims that to be antiabortion is to truly represent women. Signifies a rise in the cooption of feminist language by conservative women and challenges the notion of descriptive and substantive representation.

"Informed or Misinformed Consent: Abortion Politics in the States" (with Cynthia R. Daniels, Janna Ferguson, and Grace Howard). Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 41, no. 2 (2016): 181-209.

Presents the findings of a comprehensive study of state informed consent materials regarding embryological and fetal development. Finds that nearly one-third of the informed consent information is medically inaccurate, that inaccurate information is concentrated primarily in the earlier weeks of pregnancy and is clustered around particular body systems.