NARAL Gives Fox News Hall of Shame Award, Ignores Abortion

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 19, 2011   |   6:58PM   |   Washington, DC

The leading pro-abortion lobbying group NARAL has given out its Hall of Fame and Hall of Shame awards for 2011 and Fox News is the winner of its Hall of Shame award. Ironically, while the organization is all about abortion — Fox wins the award because of its coverage of birth control.

Written by NARAL blogger Thomas (aren’t men supposed to be quiet about the issue of abortion?) NARAL gives its hall of Fame award to Mississippians For Healthy Families, the organization that opposed the Mississippi personhood amendment, which would have defined the beginning of human life but not banned any abortions. It went eventually went down to defeat at the polls in what is arguably the most pro-life state in the nation.

“This coalition of faith leaders, reproductive-justice and pro-choice allies, and other Mississippi-based groups successfully convinced their neighbors to reject a dangerous and far-reaching “personhood” measure,” NARAL writes. “Hats off to them!”

“And while we celebrate our pro-choice heroes, we recognize that 2011 brought a slew of new attacks on women’s freedom and privacy, ranging from the tragic to the ridiculous,” Thomas continues. “Every bushel has its rotten apples, and this year, Fox News Channel was voted rottenest of them all.”

The reason for the criticism of Fox News? It has nothing to do with abortion.

“Remember when a Fox News commentator compared insurance coverage of birth control to manicures and pedicures?” NARAL writes. “Remember when Bill O’Reilly said that many women won’t use birth control because they’re “blasted out of their minds when they have sex,” and then said no-cost birth control would increase unemployment? Remember when Sean Hannity said birth control is “not about women’s health?”

“We remember. And it looks like you did, too,'” NARAL concludes. “Fox News Channel is the newest member of the Hall of Shame.”

In other words, the worst thing NARAL and its supporters could think of in terms of what the pro-abortion movement could find egregious from 2011 had absolutely nothing to do with abortion. Not surprising, since pro-abortion groups almost never talk about abortion, preferring to focus on women’s health, birth control and the like.

Which makes it clear… the pro-life movement is winning.