Mainstream Media Present Biased View of When Human Life Begins

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 9, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 9,

Washington, DC ( — Critical to the debate over abortion is the scientific determination of when human life begins — a fact that pro-life advocates have always had on their side. Though conception, or fertilization, begins the life of a unique human being, the mainstream media is presenting a slightly, albeit decptively, different picture.

Last month, Time magazine features an incredible photo of a human embryo implanted into the lining of her mother’s uterus shortly after conception.

Time called it "[a]n implanted fertilized egg," even though the picture in question apparently showed an unborn baby about one week old.

In another article, Time called an "embryo" a human being who was further along in the development process.

But Jill Stanek, a leading pro-life advocate who exposed live-birth abortions in Chicago and pushed for a federal law to protect babies who survive them, says the mainstream media is trying to distort terminology to advance the pro-abortion cause.

"To the mainstream media, agenda drives terminology. And when speaking of human personhood amendments, which Time was in the first article, ‘fertilized egg’ suited the agenda," she said.

Meanwhile, Newsweek featured an article on Monday with similar problems.

The article began, "Every new life starts with two seemingly simple events. First, an active sperm burrows into a perfectly mature egg. Then the resulting fertilized egg nestles into the specially prepared lining of the uterus and begins to grow."

Stanek says the article misstates what happens at the beginning of a person’s life.

"Two events aren’t required to ‘start’ a new life. Only one, fertilization," she explains. "Whether this new life finds a home is another matter, which does or doesn’t happen 6-9 days after s/he is created."

She says the media "has to forward the ruse so it can say birth control pills can’t abort, which they can. They can make the uterus impermeable to implantation."

Stanek says pro-life advocates will see more massacring of terminology as more groups put forward legislation that offers unborn children legal protection starting at the beginning of their lives in their mother’s wombs.