Reporter criticized for writing story that hurt the pro-choice cause

By Sarah Terzo

One story in a series of article in the LA Times on media bias in the abortion issue said:

“When reporter Susan Okie wrote on Page 1 of the Washington Post last year that advances in the treatment of premature babies could undermine support for the abortion-rights movement, she quickly heard from someone in the movement.

“Her message was clear,” Okie recalled recently. “I felt that they were . . . (saying) ‘You’re hurting the cause’ . . . that I was . . . being herded back into line.”

Okie says she was “shocked” by the “disquieting” assumption implicit in the complaint–that reporters, especially women reporters, are expected to write only stories that support abortion rights.”

David Shaw, “Abortion Bias Seeps Into News” Los Angeles Times, July 1, 1990.

Editor’s note. This appeared in Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.