By Anthony Crider; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 20:37, 9 April 2018 (UTC) - Charlottesville "Unite the Right" Rally, CC BY 2.0, White supremacists are using the debate around women\u2019s reproductive rights to promote racist and extremist agendas, finds a new study released today \u2013 following news on Friday that millions of women in the US will lose the constitutional right to abortion. US white nationalists are heading on to a Neo-Nazi website, \u2018Stormfront\u2019, in order to recruit more people to their way of thinking. Whilst online they describe abortions by white women, as \u2018murder\u2019 and look to \u201cweaponize\u201d the procedure. However, the extremists reason abortion by non-white women as \u2018acceptable\u2019 or even \u2018desirable\u2019 because, they argue, the procedure could solve threats to white dominance \u2013 including the \u201curgent need to limit third world populations\u201d. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal\u00a0Information, Communication \u0026amp; Society, come following a detailed computer-aided analysis of more than 30,000 posts, spanning over two decades on the site. The study authors warn that their evidence highlights how white extremists \u201cweaponize\u201d abortion arguments to attract recruits, using the political debate as a gateway argument that invites them to dive deeper into white male supremacy ideology. \u201cOur study shows that science, medicine, and conspiracy theories meet on the dark corners of the internet,\u201d says lead researcher Dr. Yotam Ophir at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA. \u201cThe result is the creation and spread of dangerous racist and misogynistic ideas. These are often born in extremists\u2019 platforms, but have spilled over into mainstream politics and discourse.\u201d Abortion rights are a fiercely contested issue in the US. On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned its 50-year-old Roe v Wade decision, in a judgment that therefore entitles individual states to ban the procedure. Specifically, in this research, Dr. Ophir and his team wanted to better understand how white nationalists not only use abortion debates online to further their cause, but also apply different moral standards to whites and non-whites. By analyzing posts made between 2001 and 2017 on Stormfront \u2013 a discussion board founded by former Ku Klax Klansman, Don Black \u2013 the authors found a marked difference in the way far-right extremists conceptualized abortions for whites versus non-whites. Abortions among white women were described as \u2018murder\u2019. Using an entire topic labeled \u2018avoid abortions\u2019, Stormfront users accused white women considering terminations as being \u201cdeeply unethical\u201d and even \u201ctreasonous\u201d to the white race and their gender role. For example, talking about abortions among white women, a user stated that \u201cabortion is the worst thing of all, it is killing a child. Killing a child is worse than bringing him/her up without a father. Adoption is always an option\u201d. Whereas with non-white women, posts often excused abortion: in order to limit non-white populations. The authors say that such discourse could be used to recruit members and to \u201cnormalize extreme, racist ideologies\u201d. To protect the public, Dr. Ophir says people, including children, need better tools to navigate the \u201cmisleading information environment that is the 21st century\u201d. Additional themes identified on Stormfront included \u201cThe Great Replacement conspiracy theory\u201d \u2013 a supposed plot to replace white people with non-white immigrants that is said to have inspired the Buffalo grocery store killings suspect. Something, which Dr. Ophir and colleagues argue needs more attention from the mainstream press, as they are concerned there is a spread of the \u2018great replacement conspiracy\u2019. \u201cPotential solutions should not end with social media and the internet. We also need to pay more attention to the rise of such conspiratorial thinking among television channels like Fox News and prominent political figures,\u201d he says. Stormfront posts analyzed by the team were supplied to the researchers by the Southern Poverty Law Center and by other academics. The site is focused on propagating white nationalism, antisemitism, and islamophobia, as well as anti-Hinduism, anti-feminism, homophobia, transphobia, Holocaust denial, anti-Catholicism, and white supremacy. As of 2015, the Stormfront website was estimated to have more than 300,000 registered members.