Are You Looking Past the Media Spin on Abortion?
Maybe it is time you did.
When it comes to the media’s reporting on the life issue, you have to search between the lines.
A case in point: On September 6, 2018, The Hill, which is a Capitol Hill newspaper, headlined a story this way: “Hill.TV poll: Most Americans support limited abortion rights.”
The key word here is “limited.”
The story opened with: “Most Americans support abortion rights with limitations, according to a new American Barometer survey. The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 41 percent of respondents believe that the procedure should be legal in limited circumstances, such as rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.”
That means they think it should be illegal in all other circumstances.
“Another 27 percent said they thought that abortion should be legal under most circumstances until the start of the third trimester in pregnancy,” The Hill reported. That means a majority oppose late-term abortions.
Gary Bauer of American Values looks at it this way: “According to a recent poll from The Hill, most Americans reject the left’s pro-abortion extremism. Here are the results:
- Only 18% support abortion-on-demand at any time for any reason. That is the official position of the Democrat Party, and they also want you to pay for abortions.
- 27% believe abortion should generally be permitted until the third trimester.
- 41% believe abortion should be limited to the rare cases of “rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.”
- 14% believe abortion should never be legal.
“So, there is an obvious pro-life majority in this poll of 54%,” Mr. Bauer said. “It goes up to 82% when it comes to banning late-term abortions, something only six congressional Democrats are willing to do.”
In the news business, as in politics, “spin” can change hearts and minds because most people do not read past the headlines or get any deeper than a brief broadcast.
Pro-life Americans need to pay attention to the details in any news report, and share them with their fellow Americans who may be more likely to agree with us than we think.
A writer for Timothy Partners, Ltd. He is a regular weekly columnist for The Washington Times and Townhall.com and is frequently published by AmericanThinker.com, DailyCaller.com, OneNewsNow.com, and others. His latest book is “A Strong Constitution: What Would America Look Like If We Followed the Law” (D. James Kennedy Ministries, 2018).