Media Bias

Media promotes lies and disinformation about miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies

By Laura Echevarria NRL Director of Communications and Press Secretary

Editor’s note. This appears in the August issue of National Right to Life News. Please share this 46-page edition with your pro-life family and friends.

Since the Dobbs decision, members of the news media have colluded with the abortion industry, pro-abortion Democrats, and the White House in a troubling misinformation campaign. In its efforts to keep its grip on the money it makes convincing women that abortion is the answer to the troubles they may face, the abortion industry and its supporters have pushed the narrative that women facing a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy will die without access to abortion.  

Nothing could be further from the truth.

With the help of a sympathetic news media, contrary to what the abortion industry and its supporters have peddled, abortion and miscarriages are not the same thing. An abortion, by definition, is a deliberate, violent action designed to cause the death of an unborn child. A miscarriage is the loss of an unborn child that occurs naturally and through no deliberate actions. 

An ectopic pregnancy is when the baby implants outside the mother’s uterus—most often in the fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening situation for the mother that puts her in eminent danger. The only way to save the mother’s life is through a surgical procedure that removes the fallopian tube and, by extension, the unborn baby. Sadly, there is nothing that can be done to save the life of the child.

Neither a miscarriage nor an ectopic pregnancy are related to abortion yet pro-abortion groups and their sympathizers have presented terrifying falsehoods to a media eager to further the misinformation campaign. They insist that protective pro-life laws that became active with the reversal of Dobbs are placing women in danger. They allege that doctors don’t know if they will be prosecuted for helping a woman following a miscarriage or if they will be arrested for performing a surgical procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy. In most cases, the laws at issue are explicit in describing an abortion or excluding ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages. But, this doesn’t help the abortion industry. So, as usual, they make up scenarios and situations, lie about the law, and expect the media to promulgate the lie at length—across the country and around the world. 

And legacy media has obliged. Here’s an example.

From a July 12 article in the Washington Post:

Doctors and abortion rights advocates have warned that bans on the procedure and on the abortion pill will create a health crisis for millions, including those seeking care for miscarriages. Biden signed an executive order last week to safeguard access to abortion medication and emergency contraception

And the subhead summary from a July 17 New York Times article:

Surgical procedures and medication for miscarriages are identical to those for abortion, and some patients report delayed or denied miscarriage care because doctors and pharmacists fear running afoul of abortion bans. 

And the headline from a July 20 CNN news story reads

“In some states, doctors weigh ‘ruinous’ litigation against proper care for women who have miscarriages.” 

Spreading this misinformation is fearmongering, plain and simple. But the abortion industry and its allies rely on fearmongering in their attempts to maintain control. 

As we move forward, the pro-life movement, as always, will rely on the truth and we will challenge news articles and political statements that use lies and misinformation to create fear. 

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