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Pro-Lifers Rally Outside ABC News to Demand Fair Coverage of Abortion

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    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2013 Aug 09
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Pro-life advocates rallied outside the ABC News office in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, demanding even-handed media coverage of abortion and the pro-life movement, the Christian Post reports. "It's time to stop censoring the news about this most important issue of the day," said Lila Rose, founder and president of the pro-life group Live Action, which is known for its undercover videos of abortion clinics. As Rose began speaking, around 60 supporters gathered, along with an ABC cameraman and various reporters from other outlets. After a half-hour, the crowd had swelled to well over 130. Rose compared the time major network news stations ABC, NBC, and CBS spent on Democrat Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' famous filibuster to the time they spent on the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murder in May. Rose noted that NBC didn't even cover Gosnell until his sentencing. But coverage time isn't the only form of media bias, noted another speaker. "From the end of June 2010 to June 2013 the networks dehumanized unborn children by using the word 'fetus' ... in 93 percent of their reports," argued Christian Robey, political director of the Media Research Center. He claimed that describing unborn children in this way separate their concerns from the minds of ordinary Americans. Jill Stanek, a licensed nurse and pro-life advocate, argued that calling abortion survivors "fetuses" is not only inaccurate, but gross negligence on behalf of journalists. "There's a range of choices that one might call those who survive abortions," she said, listing, "child, baby, neonate, newborn, but fetus is scientifically and grammatically incorrect." She alleged that those who still use that term mean to dehumanize unwanted babies, so Americans will favor aborting them. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, denounced the "War on Women" rhetoric employed by pro-choice advocates, alleging that the real war on women is the media silence on how abortion harms women.