FoxNews Uses Misleading, Anti-Science Headline Comparing Persons to Eggs

FoxNews typically does a better job than most mainstream media of portraying the abortion issue in a “fair and balanced” way.

But not this time.

FoxNews originally ran a story earlier today about the Mississippi Personhood Amendment with the headline:

“Push to Declare a Human Egg a ‘Person’ Offers New Tack on Abortion Debate”

FoxNews later changed the headline and switched “Human” for “Fertilized” in front of Egg.

Sadly, FoxNews has fallen into a trap the pro-abortion movement tries to use, claiming that pro-lifers believe a human egg is a person and that we want human eggs to receive legal protection. This is completely false, because pro-lifers actually know their biology and are proud to use science when making our case for protecting the dignity and right to life of the unborn.

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Correction Requested: ABC News Gets Abortion Statistic Date Wrong

Susan Donaldson James of ABC News wrote in an article yesterday about remote access chemically induced abortion that:

“Although the numbers are declining, 1.2 million abortions were performed in the United States in 2005, the last year statistics are available, making it a one of the most common procedures undergone by women.”

While the abortion figure is basically accurate they falsely claim that 2005 is the last year statistics are available from.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute which surveys abortionists directly is widely thought to have the most accurate total and they report that:

“In 2008, 1.21 million abortions were performed”

Details matter and while the error does not significantly mislead readers, it does communicate to readers that more recent abortion statistics are not available — something which just isn’t true.

In the abortion debate, I can attest that even basic and well-established facts are often contested and this error by ABC News does not help. For example if I told someone an abortion rate statistic and said it was from 2008, they may respond that they read an ABC News piece saying that latest data is from 2005 and therefore my statistic is bogus. This is a practical example of the kind of confusion media outlets can cause if they are not careful. I hope ABC news promptly corrects this false statement.

Dr. Alveda King Connects Abortion and Slavery at Juneteenth; Local Media Covers Her Presence But Not Her Words

Every year on June 19th, African-Americans celebrate “Juneteenth,” the anniversary of the day slavery was abolished in Texas in 1865. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at a Juneteenth rally just outside of Colorado Springs, CO. In her remarks, Alveda connected the denial of African-Americans’ human rights through slavery to the denial of unborn children’s human rights through abortion, drawing a parallel between the Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade decisions. From the Colorado Springs Gazette:

One hundred and fifty years later, the Dred Scott decision still steams Alveda King.

Slaves, according to the 1857 Supreme Court ruling, weren’t citizens. Instead, according to the court, they were property.

But a second Supreme Court decision — the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion — riles her just as much. Talking at a Juneteenth celebration on Sunday in Fountain’s John Metcalfe Park, King said the ruling paved the way for a different form of slavery — one that has endured long past the Emancipation Proclamation.

“Civil rights begins with human rights,” said King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. “From conception until natural death, for everybody.

“Now it’s unbelievable that Dred Scott and womb babies have been told they’re not human beings.”

Except, conspicuously, the only other local news outlet to report on the event so far, KKTV, a CBS affiliate, covered Alveda’s presence at the event, but said nothing about her remarks on abortion. This is the KKTV article in full:

June 19th is “Juneteenth,” marking the day in 1865 when word finally got to a group of slaves in Texas that they were free.

That was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by President Lincoln.

The day is celebrated around the country, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, was at Fountain’s Juneteenth Sunday.

She says if the event has all the trappings of a 4th of July party, there’s a reason. “Independence and emancipation are very similar,” she says. “You just had two parts of the country fighting for freedom in different ways. But freedom for everybody ends up being the same.”

Media bias? You betcha.

Knoxville News Sentinel Falsely Claims Knoxville, Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Do Abortions

The Knoxville News Sentinel in their in-house editorial says:

Planned Parenthood, which offers abortion services in some locations across the country but not in Knoxville, had drawn complaints from some parents.

The problem with this statement is that it is factually incorrect. Screen shot from Planned Parenthood’s website (which you can see for yourself here) showing that their Knoxville, TN center aborts unborn children:

We kindly ask the Knoxville News Sentinel to make this correction.

H/T: ProLife On Campus