Pro-Abortion Group NOW to Honor CBS News Anchor Katie Couric

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group NOW to Honor CBS News Anchor Katie Couric

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 17
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — When the pro-abortion National Organization for Women holds its awards gala tonight, CBS News anchor Katie Couric will be one of its honorees. The award shows how difficult it is for pro-life advocates to combat media bias when leading news figures are honored for promoting abortion.

"We look forward to gathering all these fabulous women in one room, to celebrate their dedication, strength and passion," NOW president Kim Gandy said in a statement received.

The NOW event is named the Intrepid Awards Gala and Gandy said Couric "[embodies] the definition of Intrepid: Fearlessly courageous and bold."

Gandy said Couric was chosen as an award recipient because she "shattered the glass ceiling in network nightly news, becoming the first woman to solo anchor a network news show."

Gandy also said Couric helped pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton overcome "media sexism" during the presidential campaign.

Couric said she was "very grateful to be included in this event celebrating the achievements of such an accomplished and diverse group of women. Hopefully we can develop positive messages to encourage others to focus primarily on the substance of someone’s work and not just their gender."

The CBS News anchor had been able to keep her abortion advocacy a secret until actress Whoopi Goldberg accidentally exposed her in a September 1997 interview.

Goldberg embarrassed Couric by mentioning the then-NBC host’s participation in a pro-abortion march.

During the interview, Couric asked about Goldberg’s book and why she would write on the topic of "choice" – meaning abortion.

"Well because, you know, when you get out there and you march, because we’ve marched together," Goldberg said.

Couric, feigning ignorance, and retorted, "Nooo. I’m not allowed to do that."

Goldberg, playing along, with tongue firmly implanted in cheek as she stared upward, "Oh, no that’s right. We have not marched together. It was somebody that looked like you."

Couric also came under fire for labeling the pro-life view on abortion, "repugnant."

Her statement came after a father of a victim of the Columbine shootings, responding to the recent shooting at an Amish school, said abortion has cheapened people’s view of life.

Reacting to criticism from abortion advocates that a pro-life advocate appeared on her show, Couric, on her Internet blog, wrote, "We knew when we decided to put on this segment that a lot of people would disagree with it. We also knew some might even find it repugnant."

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