Pro-Life Columnist Michelle Malkin Praises Pennsylvania Abortion Alternatives

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Columnist Michelle Malkin Praises Pennsylvania Abortion Alternatives

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by Maria Vitale
May 5, 2008 Note: Maria Vitale is a Opinion Columnist and the Education Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin praised Pennsylvania’s Alternatives to Abortion program during a recent appearance in the greater Harrisburg area.

Malkin, who is known for her appearances on Fox News, told attendees at the Real Alternatives banquet, "You give real hope. You are responsible for real change."

Malkin noted that Emma Beck, a British artist who hung herself after the abortion of her twins, is like a lot of the women that pregnancy resource centers deal with on a daily basis. Malkin suggested that Beck’s fate might have been different, had she been able to see a counselor when she first learned of her pregnancy.

The conservative columnist also noted that abortion comes with life-long consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder, guilt, and other emotional problems.

In an interview following her speech, Malkin said that she has "always embraced the sanctity of life" but that she has become much more outspoken on the life issues. For instance, every January she posts information about the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on her website.

That’s in sharp contrast with much of the rest of the news media who, Malkin says, usually bury the coverage "on page D-20." Malkin adds that the mainstream media "treat it (coverage of the march) "as an anthropological exercise."

The columnist noted that most media "make us (pro-lifers) out to be extremist…dangerous ideologues."

Malkin, however, sees hope in the new media universe, where websites and blogs can carry the pro-life stories that the mainstream media miss.

Real Alternatives contracts with dozens of pregnancy resource centers, social service agencies, adoption agencies, and maternity homes to reach out to women facing unexpected pregnancies. More than 137,000 women have been served by the Real Alternatives program in Pennsylvania.

The program is being duplicated in other states around the nation.