by Steven Ertelt
September 13, 2006
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Not content that the talk radio medium features mostly pro-life hosts who are men, two leading abortion proponents are working to launch an all-woman all talk radio network nationwide. Whether the programming will represent the majority of American women, who oppose abortion, remains to be seen.
Abortion activist Gloria Steinem and pro-abortion actress Jane Fonda are two of the founders of Greenstone Media, a radio company that plans to sponsor the new network.
Steinem said the radio network is planned as an alternative to the current talk show radio landscape, where hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, G. Gordon Liddy, James Dobson and others are decidedly pro-life.
Or, as Steinem describes it in a Reuters interview, the current medium is "very argumentative, quite hostile, and very much male-dominated."
The new network "has a different spirit. It has more community. It’s more about information, about humor, about respect for different points of view and not constant arguing," Steinem told Reuters.
However, whether the network will represent women is questionable. Polls of women’s attitudes on abortion find a majority are pro-life.
A June 2003 poll conducted by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women found 51% of women took a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions while only 30 percent said it should be generally available.
A September 2003 survey conducted by the Polling Company found 54 percent of women selected one of three different pro-life views opposing all or almost all abortions. Only 39 percent backed abortion.
Dorinda Bordlee, an attorney who heads up the Bioethics Defense Fund, told LifeNews.com that the network will likely miss the mark with female listeners, "because women have figured out that legalized abortion facilitates the sexual exploitation of women."
Bordlee has recently launched BDF’s new "Life is Beautiful Campaign," featuring a powerpoint presentation entitled "How Roe Ruined Romance."
Despite it’s anti-men premise, Greenstone hopes to attract male listeners and may even have some male talk show hosts.
Susan Ness, chief executive officer of Greenstone, said, "We do have male voices on the network. It’s much better to have a mixture of voices."
The network has run about nine hours of local programming on radio stations in Mississippi, Connecticut, New York and Michigan but hopes to partner with some national satellite programmers.
"We expect that people will be able to also get us on mobile phones, cable radio, I-pods and every distribution vehicle," said Ness.
Steinem declared in 1972, in the initial issue of Ms. Magazine, that she had had an abortion, even though abortions were illegal in most states at the time. The issue advocated legalizing abortions and featured 53 women who had broken the law to get them.
She also came under fire in October 2004 when she called President Bush, because of his pro-life record on abortion, "more dangerous to this country’s citizens than terrorists" at a New Mexico NARAL fundraising breakfast.
Steinem’s offhanded remark was too much for Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, who told LifeNews.com, "Gloria Steinem demeans the victims of terrorism by equating opposition to her political agenda to acts of violence."