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Pro-Abortion Media Bias: Still Here After All These Years

Posted by Joe Scheidler (December 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm)

bias1When abortion became the law of the land in 1973 with a fiat from the U.S. Supreme Court, the first thing I did was go to the library and look through the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature.

I checked out most of the magazines and secular journals to find what they had been saying about abortion during the past decade or so, and I found that the stories were almost always slanted toward the legalization of abortion.

Coverage of events such as Sherry Finkbine’s highly publicized abortion in 1962 was mostly pro-abortion. Finkbine, hostess of the then popular Romper Room, had taken thalidomide—which could cause fetal defects—and Finkbine feared that she would have a deformed baby.

When her story went public and she was denied an abortion in Phoenix, she went to Sweden for an abortion. The media took her side, and abortion for fetal defect became “reasonable.”

More stories followed and the secular media had set its course.

We could cite hundreds of such stories, always with a pro-abortion slant or outright support. The secular media cheered Roe v. Wade in 1973 and has never steered away from this course.

There were occasional articles pointing out this bias, even by writers in the secular press, but while they were noted, they were mostly ignored. The abortion bias continues to this day.

A recent example appears in a Newsweek article by Nancy Hass. [Continue reading …]

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A Little Research Makes Convert of Planned Parenthood Backer

Posted by Corrina Gura (March 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm)

salonWhenever you tell someone that you’re opposed to contraception, people look at you like you’re crazy. Or like you’re a right-wing wacko. So I enjoyed reading this article by Kirsten Powers, who happens to be a Democrat.

The opening lines of her article, “Busting the Birth Control Myth,” really grabbed my attention:

During the recent debate over whether to cut off government funding to Planned Parenthood, the organization claimed that its contraceptive services prevent a half-million abortions a year. Without their services, the group’s officials insist, more women will get abortions.

I’ll admit I bought the argument—it makes intuitive sense—and initially opposed cutting off funding for precisely that reason.

Then I did a little research.

Powers goes on to explain that pro-contraceptive/”abortion rights” publications themselves are the ones providing the evidence that proves that the availability of contraception has only increased abortion. (We explore this connection on our FAQ page.) [Continue reading …]

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