#RoeOverturned: Twitter Dataset on the Abortion Rights Controversy


  • Rong-Ching Chang University of California-Davis
  • Ashwin Rao University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute
  • Qiankun Zhong University of California-Davis
  • Magdalena Wojcieszak University of California-Davis
  • Kristina Lerman University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute




, Web and Social Media


On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned landmark rulings made in its 1973 verdict in Roe v. Wade. The justices by way of a majority vote in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, decided that abortion wasn't a constitutional right and returned the issue of abortion to the elected representatives. This decision triggered multiple protests and debates across the US, especially in the context of the midterm elections in November 2022. Given that many citizens use social media platforms to express their views and mobilize for collective action, and given that online debate provides tangible effects on public opinion, political participation, news media coverage, and the political decision-making, it is crucial to understand online discussions surrounding this topic. Toward this end, we present the first large-scale Twitter dataset collected on the abortion rights debate in the United States. We present a set of 74M tweets systematically collected over the course of one year from January 1, 2022 to January 6, 2023.




How to Cite

Chang, R.-C., Rao, A., Zhong, Q., Wojcieszak, M., & Lerman, K. (2023). #RoeOverturned: Twitter Dataset on the Abortion Rights Controversy. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 17(1), 997-1005. https://doi.org/10.1609/icwsm.v17i1.22207