Tom Brokaw’s Filter Prevents Any Abortion Discussion in Town Hall Debate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Tom Brokaw’s Filter Prevents Any Abortion Discussion in Town Hall Debate

by Maria Vitale Editorial Columnist
October 8, 2008 Note: Maria Vitale is an editorial opinion columnist for She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

The day after the second Presidential debate of the season, the Drudge Report ran a headline with a one-word description of the proceedings: “dull.”

This was the Town Hall debate, the one where real folks were going to pose the questions that real folks care about. Unfortunately, there was still a media filter in the form of the moderator, and the questions simply gave the candidates a forum to repeat the talking points from the campaign trail and from the last debate.

Not surprisingly, the economy was the number one topic of discussion. With the meltdown on Wall Street, people are worried about their very survival. When we feel our well-being is threatened, we naturally speak up.

But there is a far graver threat to our survival as a nation than a recession—or even a depression. In an hour and a half of talk time, not one minute was devoted to the most important issue in this election: abortion.

I realize that public opinion polls do not register abortion as the top issue this election cycle. This is because abortion is frequently hidden from view. There’s no equivalent of the Dow Jones Industrial average for abortion casualties. We do not hear daily reports of how much blood was shed at the abortion facility down the street.

Nevertheless, the after shocks of the war on unborn children and their mothers are being felt throughout our nation. What about the health care costs associated with women who have been physically or psychologically harmed by abortion? What are the mental health costs linked to post-abortion syndrome suffered by men who counseled or coerced abortion? What shortfalls in Social Security revenue are due to workers who simply aren’t here today because of abortion?

And is it possible that the candidate who was best suited to lead the nation out of its current economic and political problems was never able to venture out onto the campaign trail because he or she was aborted before birth?

Legalized abortion is a cancer within our society. Legal restrictions such as informed consent and parental consent have helped to contain it, but it is in danger of growing as a result of legislation such as the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate virtually all protections for unborn children.

Let’s hope that Presidential Debate #3 includes at least a mention of the most important civil rights issue of our time.

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