Elective abortion predicts the dehumanization of women and men through the mediation of moral outrage.

[Correction Notice: An Erratum for this article was reported in Vol 49(5) of Social Psychology (see record 2018-52934-001). In the article, Figure 4 contained an error. The correct Figure 4 is provided in the erratum.] This research addresses the important issue of abortion, still controversial in Western countries. It provides a new perspective by examining attitudes not to abortion itself, but to women and their partners who decide to have an abortion. Through two experimental studies, we expected and found that the decision to abort increased moral outrage toward a woman (Study 1 and Study 2) and her male partner (Study 2). Moreover, we found that the decision to abort reduced a woman’s (Study 1 and Study 2) and man’s (Study 2) humanness through the mediation of elicited moral outrage. These findings clarify the continuing prevalence and perpetuation of disparaging attitudes toward those who seek an abortion, and suggest many directions for future research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)