What might this breakthrough in the habitual use of pro-abortion language by the NYTimes and the Washington Post mean?

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This look back at what appeared a year ago in NRL News Today remains a source of real encouragement.

What do these three sayings have in common?

  • Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  • Small beginnings are the launching pad to great endings.
  • All great things have small beginnings.

They are three illustrations (of countless examples) of foundational truths that pro-lifers live by. Our Movement is

  • Built on faith that we can reach an inherently goodness in the American people;
  • Relies on people power, not money; and
  • Confidentially affirms that our ultimate victory of behalf of unborn children and their mothers will be won one small success after another after another after another…

I bring this up because a friend forwarded a post that ran today at “Get Religion.” The headline reads, “No longer a clump of cells? Mainstream press stories on unborn use ‘baby’ language.”

GetReligion Is An Extremely Helpful Source That Has Described Itself As “A National And Global Journalism Site Focusing On How The Mainstream Press Covers Religion News In Politics, Entertainment, Business And Sports.” It Does Many, Many Things Well, Including Spotting Glaring Oversights And Omissions—And That Most Assuredly Includes The Press’ Coverage Of Abortion.

Julia Duin’s conclusion today is slightly more modest than a quick glance at the headline might suggest. It’s not as though “clump of cells” or “uterine contents” or even ”fetus” have been retired.

But she has done is very nicely examined several stories in the two media mules which pull the wagon filled with stories and editorials and commentaries extolling abortion. The stories were about pregnant women who faced enormous challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and were extremely well written.

Duin found that even the “B” word (Baby) had made its way into in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

For example, there was a Times story of a mother carrying twins. One tragically died in utero. Duin writes, quoting the story

“I was hysterical,” Ms. Sample said. After a more thorough examination, this physician said the baby had died within the previous three days and noted, with evident sadness, that the death probably could have been prevented had she seen Ms. Sample sooner.

A February story in the Times “about Chinese women looking for a place to deliver, also refers to the ‘unborn baby,” Duin writes

Another story of a mother carrying twins had a wonderful ending. This Washington Post story’s headline read, “A pregnant woman with COVIS-19 was dying. With one decision, her doctors saved three lives.”

Duin reminds us of how publications such as the Times and the Post will habitually refer even to babies late in their developmental journey as a “fetus”—and even in stories about whether the unborn can experience pain!

Her conclusion? “What we are told, indirectly, is there’s a small shift in how the unborn are being perceived these days. Whether that will last is anyone’s guess.”

And, of course, Duin is correct. No one knows. But it is still an important step, however infrequently and tentatively taken.

Let me conclude with another saying that pro-lifers live by that I’m guessing will not make its way into either publication for a while:

Such a Big miracle in such a tiny baby. Big things often have small beginnings A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.