What if CNN Reported on Abortion Laws From Babies’ Perspective?

Opinion   |   Mark Finkelstein   |   Oct 7, 2022   |   12:42PM   |   Washington, DC

CNN’s New Day aired a segment this morning reporting on the impact of laws in various states restricting abortions. CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen’s report viewed the laws strictly from the pro-abortion perspective, bemoaning the absence of abortion clinics in 14 states, and the many abortions that could no longer occur there.

Said Cohen:

“In these 14 states, the Guttmacher Institute says there are no abortion providers—none [said as if that’s a tragedy.] Look at it another way, in 2020, in those 14 states, more than 125,000 women got abortions. So that’s the number, per year, more than 125,000 women are seeking abortions in those states and they’re not going to be able to get them.”

Imagine in CNN had seen the story from the pro-life perspective, that of the babies. It’s report might have said something like this:

“Thanks to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and to laws passed in 14 states restricting or banning abortions, 125,000 babies every year will now have a better chance of living. .”

But, of course, CNN would never report the story that way. The liberal network reflexively views matters from a pro-abortion perspective, and laments the lack of abortion clinics in certain states.  The liberal media is incapable of imagining that there is any value in saving the life of unborn children.

Note: It wasn’t  just the correspondent’s report that reflected the network’s pro-abortion stance. Check out the graphic in the screencap [emphasis added]: “Clinics Across 14 States Have Stopped Abortion Care Post-Roe.”

If CNN were neutrally reporting the facts, it would have simply described the clinics as having stopped “abortions.” Casting it as “abortion care” paints the killing of unborn babies in a caring, positive light.

If CNN had actually reported the story from a pro-life perspective, the graphic could have read: “Post-Roe, Hundreds of Thousands of Babies Saved From Abortion in 14 States.”

CNN’s New Day reporting strictly from a pro-abortion perspective on new state laws restricting abortions was sponsored in part by Abbott, maker or Pedialyte, CVS, and Jeep.   

LifeNews.com Note: Mark Finkelstein has a B.S. from Cornell University, an Ed.M. and a J.D. magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo, and an LL.M. from Harvard. He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts “Right Angle,” a local political talk show. Finkelstein is a Contributing Editor at MRC’s NewsBusters blog, where this article originally appeared.