Pro-life medical experts tear up media coverage of abortion: Follow not the “science” but the “political rhetoric.”


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The country is sharply divided on the issue of abortion, but the majority of Americans support at least some restrictions on abortion, especially after the first trimester. However, the media consistently takes sides in the abortion debate by framing stories with pro-choice language.

After Florida and Kentucky enacted 15-week abortion bans last week, the media reacted with outrage, invoking pro-life laws difficult and extreme measures that would harm women.

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace called the legislation a “sign of growing extremism in the current version of the Republican Party.”


Anti-abortion advocates protest outside the Supreme Court building ahead of clashes in the Mississippi abortion rights case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health in Washington, December 1, 2021.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

CNN correspondent Jessica Schneider in a Tuesday report lamented that Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., “was the youngest Republican to reverse abortion rights.” But she commended Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich, and Jared Polis, D-Colo., for passing their own pro-choice legislation to “fight back” and “guarantee abortion rights no matter what.” the Supreme Court does.”

However, recent polls show that a majority of Americans believe abortions should be illegal once in the second trimester, and 71% of Americans support abortion restrictions. A Wall Street Journal poll found that more voters supported legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks than allowed the practice.

As they drafted laws restricting abortion as dangerous for women, outlets such as the Washington Post and CNN praised abortion advocates and companies for offering “abortion treatments.”

Last week, The Washington Post and CNBC highlighted progressive companies working to ensure “abortion health care” for their employees.

Abortion rights activists protest outside the Supreme Court building ahead of clashes in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health in Washington December 1, 2021.

Abortion rights activists protest outside the Supreme Court building ahead of clashes in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health in Washington December 1, 2021.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell urged employers to follow progressive companies like Yelp and Uber in “covering travel expenses for out-of-state abortions” and “offering to relocate employees and their families to states that allow the constitutional right.” of women to respect reproductive autonomy. ”

“Very rarely, if ever, is the reality of what happens during an abortion discussed [by the media]said Dr. Christina Francis, a pro-life obstetrician/gynecologist, told Fox News Digital.

Instead, they use “unrealistic and euphemistic terms to” obscure the “reality of the situation,” she claimed.

“In fact, the word ‘abortion’ is often not even used. Instead they say ‘reproductive health care’, ‘reproductive rights’ or ‘reproductive justice’. Abortion is a violent procedure that interrupts the natural process of pregnancy with one purpose – to end the life of a developing human being,” added Dr. Francis added.

Some news outlets avoid describing what causes abortion, but ignore the scientific arguments from the pro-life side that support fetal heartbeat bills. When states like Texas passed a fetal heartbeat law, media outlets including CNN, The New York Times and NBC News scoffed at the idea of ​​a baby having a heartbeat early in development.

An April NBC News article asked, “Is there a so-called fetal heartbeat at six weeks’ gestation?” Her report cited doctors who denied that an early heartbeat was really a heartbeat, but “a tube, the sporadic electrical one.” impulses are generated that eventually coordinate into rhythmic pulses. CNN also used the mocking phrase “so-called heartbeat.”

Similarly, The New York Times dismissed the notion of an early heartbeat.

“However, at this very early stage of pregnancy, the embryo is the size of a pomegranate seed and has only a primitive tube of heart cells that deliver electrical impulses and pump blood,” the Times article reads.

Both news agencies referred to the Pro-choice ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). instructs the media to use bright and impersonal language when it comes to pregnancy, abortion and the unborn child.

dr Francis said the group had a “political agenda” rather than “precise medical language” and the media had followed suit. The ACOG’s “sudden aversion to the word ‘heartbeat,'” she said, “kind of developed after Texas passed the SB8.”


Pro-life scientist Dr. Tara Sander Lee also slammed the media for trying to deny that an early heartbeat is actually a heartbeat.

“If the New York Times takes 1,800 words to convince readers that a baby’s developing organ that pumps blood isn’t actually a heart, then the pro-life movement wins,” she told Fox News Digital .

dr Sander Lee, the director of life sciences at the Charlotte Lozier Institute’s pro-life research group, argued that media trying to deny this is using “political rhetoric,” not science.

“The heart is the first organ to form and function, pumping blood and oxygen throughout the developing human, with the first heartbeat beginning around 22 or 23 days after fertilization. From the 6th week of pregnancy, the fetal heart beats rhythmically with an average heart rate of 100 beats per minute. This is science. What media outlets like the New York Times publish about abortion is too often political rhetoric,” she told Fox News.

Planned Parenthood and pro-choice advocacy group Emily’s List did not immediately respond to Fox News’ questions about how they view media coverage of the issue.

Pregnant woman


A recent trend by some news outlets is to replace women with the terms “pregnant people” and “pregnant persons” when discussing pregnancy.

The Washington Post, New York Times, and ABC News have all been criticized for using the gender-neutral term.

The Washington Post was derided for using the phrase “pregnant people” in an article and avoiding referring to “women” at all. Likewise, NPR used the same tactic, in recent article warning of Florida’s abortion ban, apart from a mention of “women” included in a quote. Last September, NPR used the gender-neutral term seven times in an article without once mentioning “women.”

dr Sander Lee urged the media to repeat the abortion lobby’s “bad science” and “questionable research” instead of “following the science” to give women accurate information.

“This is the same playbook used by Big Tobacco from the 1950s through the 1990s. Big Abortion funds questionable research and then spoon-feeds that bad science to complicit members of the mainstream media who either don’t know any better or aren’t careful to ask questions that might challenge their assumptions. It’s the opposite of following the science and it doesn’t do women any favors,” she wrote.


The pro-life scientist quoted a recent one Bloomberg Businessweek article which claimed an abortion pill, mifepristone, was “safer than Tylenol,” as an example of media misinformation and “junk science.”

“It is an absurd claim, totally unscientific and based on a very limited and unrelated study. Yet the media circulates this inaccurate, pro-abortion rhetoric all the time,” she noted, adding that her research group did indeed find this “abortion pill,” and the associated emergency room visits increased by more than 500% from 2002 to 2015. “


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