What’s Sauce for the Goose is Definitely Not Sauce for the Gander

By Dave Andrusko

See if you get the message.

“It’s pretty much an all-out, anti-abortion, free-for-all out there,” Elizabeth Nash [a public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute] said. “I’ve been doing this for almost 12 years now, so I feel like I have some historical sense. This year is just unlike any other year we’ve seen before.” — From “Abortion battle rages in state legislatures”

“…Arizona is also one of six states that have made changes to abortion laws in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute. An unprecedented number of bills aimed at restricting abortions are going before state legislatures across the country this year. ‘It’s pretty much an all-out, anti-abortion free-for-all out there,’ said Elizabeth Nash, public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute.” — Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com religion editor

“It’s pretty much an all-out, anti-abortion, free-for-all out there,” Nash said. “I’ve been doing this for almost 12 years now, so I feel like I have some historical sense. This year is just unlike any other year we’ve seen before.” — From “Report: More states ‘hostile’ to abortion'”

I think Guttmacher’s point is…there’s a lot of pro-life activity going on in the states this year. And from Guttmacher’s perspective (remember, they spun off from Planned Parenthood years ago but retain their pro-abortion perspective), this is gosh awful.

So why do I bother to mention this? To share the joy that we are busy, busy, busy? Yes. But also to point out that when Guttmacher distributes a report (as they did Tuesday), it is given lots of electronic ink and treated as an unimpeachable source even though it is no more above the fray than national right to life news today is.

Why is that of any significance? Stories based on the report (“State Legislative Trends: Hostility to Abortion Rights Increases”) popped up everywhere. To be completely accurate, I only read some of the many, many accounts, but the UPI account was not unusual.

They are characterized by a laundry list of complaints by Guttmacher employees, or (as the case with Gilgoff) a total mischaracterization of why these laws have sprung up like topsy in the first place.

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