It has become all too clear to pro-life supporters in Ireland that the media is now the main driver for a further liberalisation of abortion laws. In the past few months, this fact has become so blatant that it simply cannot be ignored any longer.
Irish politicians are well aware how slanted media coverage is on abortion. But everyone inside and outside of politics tends to tip-toe around the issue rather than challenging it openly. That’s not a healthy way to approach a serious matter in a democracy.
Over a fortnight recently 33 pro-choice articles appeared in Irish national newspapers but they published only 1 pro-life article during the same period. This tells us all we need to know about the state of journalism in Ireland today. In most cases, campaigning for one’s own views has replaced objective reporting.
The media avoids stories about the pain and heartbreak of abortion. They run a mile from scandals like the recent tragic death of a woman from Ireland after an abortion in a Marie Stopes clinic in London. And they go to extraordinary lengths to leave the unborn child out of the picture.
It’s not just the newspapers; the radio and TV are just as bad. In RTÉ, (the national, tax-funded broadcaster), current affairs programmes recently discussed the Clare Daly abortion Bill with panels consisting entirely of pro-abortion advocates. An RTÉ Sunday morning radio programme recently spent 20 minutes without interruption attacking the 8th Amendment, which provides the only remaining legal protection to the unborn. Again, there was not even one pro-life voice on the panel. And the presenter of an RTÉ afternoon show featured stories about abortion on 5 separate occasions during the first fortnight of February, all from a stridently pro-choice perspective. These examples represent only a fraction of the recent bias.
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It’s a waste of time, though, just complaining about the one-sided coverage if we don’t do something practical to tackle it. That’s why the Pro-Life Campaign are holding an event outside the Irish National Parliament on 11th March to challenge the media on their bias. It will be the start of a campaign to take the message of media bias to every corner of the country. The event will be positive in focus, not negative, respectful but resolute, calling the media to account. It’s being held at a time when politicians and journalists will be in the Parliament Building, so they will see that pro-life supporters are not prepared to put up with this bias anymore.
Large sections of the media would be very happy if pro-life people gave up the fight, leaving them with a freer hand to go on propagandising for abortion. The very brazenness of their bias leaves them vulnerable. When it is exposed, the case they have been making will be undermined. Ten years ago, it was next to impossible to challenge media bias. The arrival of social media has changed all that and the Pro Life Campaign intends to take full advantage of the new opportunities that are now on offer.
To begin with, the Campaign is currently spreading the message about this new anti-bias initiative through a newly-released video which will promote the event on 11th March, and provide some background information. LifeNews readers can view it here:-