January 6, 2014
When Is an Abortion Not an Abortion? When the Media Says So.
Shortly before the new year, a number of religious organizations were given protection from the HHS abortion and contraception mandate. While social conservatives and defenders of the First Amendment cheered, numerous prominent media organizations manipulated basic scientific facts to deny that the mandate -- required by federal law -- forces people to fund abortion-inducing drugs. Media Matters did this at least twice, on January 1 and January 2, with the The New York Times and NBC News doing likewise. While Pew Research did not deny that the mandate requires abortion funding, its weaselly assessment of the debate surrounding the mandate was almost as bad. To wit, Pew stated that many with religious beliefs "oppose abortion and believe that using emergency contraception like the morning-after pill is akin to abortion" (emphasis added). Like Pew, Politico tried to have its cake and eat it, too (emphasis added): While the FDA calls those products...(Read Full Article)