By Bettina di Fiore
On June 24, the Associated Press (AP) published a stunningly tone-deaf piece highlighting the measures abortion facilities are taking to combat anticipated violence from pro-lifers following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which also overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Both a tweet promoting the article and the article itself featured a video about violence against abortion facilities and abortionists. In the tweet, the AP alleges that “[h]arassment and violence have become common outside abortion clinics.” The video itself claims that incidents of violence against pro-lifers are “historically rare.” What’s more, the video deceptively includes a photo of the firebombing of the Wisconsin Family Action offices – committed by pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge – in a montage of images of years-old abortion facility bombings.
This comes as pro-abortion violence is skyrocketing. So far, there have been at least 52 reported incidents of vandalism and seven reported incidents of arson/firebombing on churches, pregnancy resource centers, and/or other pro-life organizations, not to mention two attempted murders – one against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, and one against a police officer attempting to keep the peace at a pro-abortion rally – just since the May 2nd leak of the draft decision in Dobbs.
That’s an average of more than one violent incident committed by pro-abortion actors per day, not including threats and other forms of disruption. There has been only a single reported incident of violence against an abortion facility within the same timeframe.
To call pro-abortion violence “rare” and anti-abortion violence “common” at a time like this is bafflingly ignorant at best and flagrantly dishonest at worst.
Even as multiple organizations issue terrorist threats against pro-life organizations and individuals, the AP is wringing its hands over virtually non-existent violence against abortionists (who are themselves professional perpetrators of violence against preborn human beings). Jane’s Revenge, for example, is a pro-abortion terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against pregnancy centers and churches, and recently threatened to hunt individual pro-lifers at their homes.
But the AP remains silent on organized pro-abortion violence. This is shameful.
However, this pro-abortion media bias is nothing new. Even though pro-lifers have never advocated for the use of violence, and have consistently denounced acts of violence carried out by lone-wolf individuals, the mainstream media persists in painting the pro-life side as the “extremists” — even as entire organizations are formed on the pro-abortion side for the express purpose of carrying out violence against pro-lifers.
No wonder only 7% of Americans say they have “a great deal” of trust in the mainstream media. If media outlets such as the AP ever hope to recover the public’s confidence, they must stop allowing their ideological agendas to warp their so-called factual reporting.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Live Action News and is reposted with permission.