The media ought to report equally and without bias. Photo credit: NS Newsflash on Flickr

Abortion and the media

It seems that the presidential election this past Tuesday hung on one issue: abortion. One side invested heavily in the issue, and the other chose to ignore it or fumble.  The heart-wrenching stories on both sides leave most Americans uncomfortable and conflicted. As a nation, we are split, with smaller groups at each extreme and a vast majority detached between them.

The big question that needs answering is, “What is the unborn?”

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If you were to take a few minutes and go on any pro-/anti-abortion website/blog/Facebook page and scroll down to the comments, you would read the following: “It’s NOT human; it’s just a clump of cells. The government shouldn’t force me to grow something in by body against my will. ” And to quote Nancy Pelosi, “[w]omen will die on the floor” from tubal or ectopic pregnancies if abortion is regulated.

According to embryology textbooks and pro-lifers, “human life begins at conception,” therefore abortion ends that innocent life. Using logic, ending the life of an innocent is murder, therefore abortion is murder. As Americans, we have a duty to protect “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Without life, what other rights matter?

When it comes to rights, are we a nation that gives one human the right to take all the rights from another? Does the temporary inconvenience of pregnancy justify ending the life of another innocent human?

These are questions our media should be asking us, our politicians, and the abortion industry (aka Planned Parenthood, women’s health specialists, private abortion clinics, and NARAL). Medically inaccurate statements from politicians supporting the abortion industry should get as much negative airtime as the single sentences of Akin and Mourdock.

When it comes to protecting the life of the mother, we are actually in agreement. Every effort must be made to save the life of the mother; if the child dies in the process, it is sad, but it is sometimes unavoidable. The media has failed to inform the public, and Nancy Pelosi,  that in cases like tubal or ectopic pregnancies, the surgery of abortion is not even used. To quote WebMD, “the surgery will be laparoscopy[.] … This type of surgery is done through one or more small cuts (incisions) in your belly.” Even in the few cases where methotrexate is administered early in the tubal pregnancy, abortion consent forms clearly state that the abortion surgery will not remove an ectopic pregnancy.

When Jackie Speiers bravely stated that she had had a D&E abortion because her child had “moved from the vagina into the cervix,” the media never questioned the medical inaccuracy of that statement. Pro-lifers never stated that a “baby” moves through the cervix out of the vagina when it is delivered. No one mentioned that she chose to have her child ripped apart while alive rather than allowing her child to continue being delivered and die in the loving arms of his/her parents. That is the choice she made. She never stated that her life or even health was in danger – just that her child was not going to survive.

This type of questioning seems rude and insensitive, but as a post-abortive woman, I believe that it is necessary and fair. When I express my abortion regret, I am attacked viciously by self-professed pro-woman pro-choicers. If I can be attacked, why can’t Jackie Speiers be politely questioned, or at least be given an opportunity to make her abortion story sound medically accurate?

As a former customer of Planned Parenthood, I can say with certainty that the misinformation that abortion supporters spew was given to them directly from the abortion industry. Abortion choicers do not come up with their medically inaccurate, illogical analogies individually. The media should be exposing abortion-industry misinformation, not parroting medically inaccurate propaganda. With public pressure and falling ratings, I am hopeful that the media will get back to work doing what it does best.

Our media stepped up during our nation’s civil rights battle, World War II, and Vietnam. The media showed the pictures and video of peaceful protesters being beaten by white racists, the mountains of dead Jews, wounded Vietnamese running for their lives during the Vietnam War. Our media showed us the clear line between good and evil, and as a nation, we fought for good. Today’s media (from Media Matters to FOX News) has failed regarding abortion.

At a minimum, the miracle of fetal development should be celebrated. What child would believe that “it’s just a clump of cells” after seeing a 9-week-old fetus move her arms and legs and watch her heart beat? Why isn’t the media holding up these medically accurate truths to the abortion industry and demanding that they publicly acknowledge that abortion ends the life of “whole, unique human”?

The media needs to show America the medically accurate facts of abortion. Yes, it’s painful, just like all the other images of historic human atrocities, but until we acknowledge the truth, we will remain detached, indifferent, and quite frankly ignorant. Abortion is not a “women’s issue,” and it certainly is not a “health care issue”; it is a social justice issue. One day we will be asked, “What did you do to end the worst human injustice in history?”

Note: The spelling of Jackie Speiers’ name has been corrected from a previous version that read Jackie Spears.

  • ProTruth2

    Why can’t Jackie Spears be politely questioned, or at least be given an opportunity to make her abortion story sound medically accurate?

    Well, she did have that opportunity, and, in fact, she took advantage of it. The day after she spoke on the floor, Rep. Speier (Speier, not Spears) issued a statement saying “The fetus slipped from my uterus into my vagina and could not survive.”

    How do I know this? Because it is in the ABC story that you linked.

    Seriously, do any of LiveAction’s “editors” read contributor’s stories before they are posted?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Newman/1557146137 Ashley Newman

      A fetus slips from the uterus into the vagina during normal health delivery. A living baby in the process of being delivered, CAN survive. Speiers ‘chose’ to have her living baby dismembered instead. Speier’s story is still not mediccally accurate. IF she was worried about her child survivng why would she chose dismemberment rather than allowing the baby to be born. She could have chose fro her child to die a natural death rather than tortured one?

      • ProTruth2

        A fetus ‘slips’ from the uterus into the vagina during normal healthy delivery. A living baby in the process of being delivered, CAN survive.

        In a normal healthy delivery a fetus is pushed from the uterus and through the vagina by contractions. Rep. Speier said that she had the procedure at 17 weeks, so no, the fetus could not possibly have survived. She doesn’t owe you, me, or Victoria N. an explanation for why the D&E was performed, but labor can’t always successfully induced during a miscarriage and complications, up to and including maternal death from sepsis, can occur.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Newman/1557146137 Ashley Newman

          Speier’s shared her abortion story with the world in an effort to support a surgical procedure that dismembers a living human. She gave medically inaccurate information and made every effort to derail dialogue with her dramatic story. She made NO mention of sepsis or her life being in danger. She just stated that her child wasn’t going to survive so she chose to rip him/her apart before his/her natural death. Her medically inaccurate defense of this torturous procedure should have been corrected, not defended.

  • Lilly

    This whole article is the biggest pile of bull. I was expecting to read some enlightening scientific evidence to disprove the “clump of cells” theory that you speak of. There was no such thing, literally all just statements of your own opinion. I understand that’s how this article was supposed to read but, how pointless. At least have some sort of fact to dispute and disprove. The one thing you did try to make sound factual, aka what was written about a different procedure being used for an ectopic pregnancy, is not true. I work at a hospital as a surgery scheduler and I can promise you that we schedule D&C’s with suction (evacuation) for Ectopic pregnancies all the time. And are you really going to try to say that Abortion is not a woman’s issue? Do you forget that inside of a woman is where this baby is supposed to grow? The woman’s body provides all the nutrients and the baby lives like a
    parasite off of its host (the woman). Therefore yes, this is absolutely undoubtedly a WOMAN’S issue. Also it is a healthcare issue, considering all of the complications and dangers that the mother becomes susceptible to while carrying the baby, delivery, and afterwards. If you value the life of a human who has not yet had any effect on the world, to a fully functioning, already born and loved by many adult then I’m sorry but that is poor judgment. Abortion would be a social justice issue if we were talking about actually born babies, not living in another human being. But so long as it is living inside of another person, that person that it is surviving off of will ALWAYS have a say, and it is NOT within your right to take that away from them. Please do a little more homework on this topic before spewing your shitty opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Newman/1557146137 Ashley Newman

      Lilly, you are hurting, I understand. The abortion industry gives a lot of misinformation. Some abortion arguements are just opinion but others are based on fact. There are links in the article to unbiased sources like WebMD, which clearly state a D&C or D&E abortion surgery CAN NOT eliminate a fetus trapped in the fallopian tube. The surgical instruments used during a D&C are wider than the fallopian tube, making it hazardous to the woman. Currently law is on your side. Just like 150 years ago slavery was legal, killing Jews was legal in Nazi Germany. Science is clear that nothing is added to or taken away from a human after the moment of conception. All that baby needs is time and nutrition. If that baby is female, she has all the eggs she is going to have in her ovaries while she is still a ‘fetus’, what about her reproductive rights? The mother’s body does not have two heads, four arms, two hearts. There is another human in question. Your team calls her a “parasite”, my team team knows she is human.

  • You fail, your fired!

    Considering most of the media ignored the Gosnell trial, I highly doubt they will take time to celebrate the miracle of fetal development. Sad, pathetic really. Journalism is dead. Even after the Obama scandal regarding Benghazi, the IRS and AP the media still supports him blindly. Ugh, it makes me sick.