Houston, Texas Newspaper Exec. Speaks at Planned Parenthood Fundraiser
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
May 14, 2004
Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) — The Houston Chronicle’s bias on the abortion issue is such that the paper actively supports the nation’s largest abortion business – and is very open about it.
"I am a journalist who has for more than a decade been outspoken on the editorial page of the Houston Chronicle in favor of women’s reproductive rights," said Andrea Georgsson, editorial board member and columnist for the Houston Chronicle, at a luncheon for the local Planned Parenthood affiliate Tuesday.
"The Chronicle is a ‘pro-choice’ newspaper and we have never hesitated to support women’s unfettered access to abortion, family planning information, education and support," Georgsson added.
Georgsson was the keynote speaker at the Spring Luncheon of the Friends of Planned Parenthood. She added that if the paper took a different view on Roe v. Wade or the "right" to an abortion, she would not have taken the editorial position with the paper.
David Bereit, executive director of the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, told LifeNews.com that the Chronicle has put its money where its mouth is, with financial contributions to the largest abortion business in Texas and the nation, including a gift of $1,000 – $4,999 during the fourth quarter of 2002 and another gift of $1,000 – $4,999 during the fourth quarter of 2003.
Bereit added that he was "blown away" by Georgsson’s open declaration of her journalistic slant, as well as her paper’s.
"No hidden agenda, just outright media bias," Bereit stated.
Other pro-life organizations told LifeNews.com of their displeasure at the metropolitan paper’s lack of objectivity.
"We would hope that our local newspaper would not be the mouthpiece of organizations such as Planned Parenthood that consistently oppose measures to protect women’s health," said Stacey Emick, Legislative Director of Texas Right to Life.
"However, the Chronicle’s self-proclaimed lack of objectivity in favor of Planned Parenthood oddly squares them against laws that educate women about their health such as The Woman’s Right to Know Act and the Prenatal Protection Act that protects women against domestic violence," Emick told LifeNews.com.
"When did journalistic bias become honorable," asked Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life.
"Readers of the Houston Chronicle have had to endure a pro-abortion bias for many years," Pojman explained. "What surprises me is that Ms. Georgsson freely calls the Chronicle a ‘pro-choice newspaper’ and wears that label as some sort of badge of honor."
The Lufkin Daily News, another Texas newspaper criticized and vilified Bereit’s organization in an editorial Tuesday.
The newspaper went so far as to solicit donations for Planned Parenthood in the editorial, while blasting the Coalition for Life for publishing a list of organizations that gave financial assistance to Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas – a list that included the Houston Chronicle.
"So how to fight back against the bullies at Coalition for Life? Send your donation to: Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas," the Lufkin paper writes. The editorial lists the web site and address for Planned Parenthood.
ACTION: Contact the Houston Chronicle at [email protected] or call 713-220-7171. You can also contact Reader Representative James T. Campbell at [email protected] or 713-220-7491 and Executive Vice-President/Editor Jeff Cohen at [email protected].