By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
When I worked for the mainstream media, even before I was pro-life, I noticed a double standard when it came to covering the core life issues.
Planned Parenthood was considered to be the irrefutable expert in all matters related to abortion. Their assertions were seldom questioned; their pronouncements were accepted uncritically.
Pro-life advocates, on the other hand, were viewed with high skepticism. Anything they said was assumed to come from a place of religious faith and, therefore, suspect. Grilling of pro-lifers was encouraged and, in fact, expected – grilling of abortion advocates frowned upon.
Now, as a pro-life advocate, I find I wish there were questions that the news media would pose to spokespeople for the abortion industry and their allies. The answers to these questions would make for more interesting, more informative articles and broadcast news stories.
*I wish reporters would ask the simple question: What is abortion? And not be willing to accept a ridiculous answer such as “the right to choose.”
*It would also be helpful if reporters would ask Planned Parenthood why their abortion totals keep rising – even as overall abortion numbers are declining nationwide.
*I think it would be beneficial if the media asked the abortion industry what specific help it provided to pregnant women who chose to keep their babies. In addition, inquiring minds want to know what abortion facilities are doing to facilitate adoptions.
*I wish reporters would ask what abortion businesses are doing to combat domestic violence – since research shows as many as 60 percent of abortions are coerced.
*I would like a reporter to ask an abortionist to describe, in detail, the process of abortion and its aftermath – and not accept euphemisms as valid responses.
A free press is a time-honored way to preserve democracy. For far too long, the free press has given a free pass to the abortion industry. Let’s challenge the news media to take on a watchdog mentality when it comes to abortion. After all, lives are at stake.