Accuracy in Media

GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is taking a beating from the press over his flip-flops on abortion. But the leading Democrat candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, has escaped serious scrutiny over her extreme position that would seem to prohibit any restrictions on the procedure.

Trump regularly compares his flip-flops to how Ronald Reagan changed on the issue. Of course, Reagan changed in a much more dramatic and thoughtful way. He actually authored a major essay, 3,600 words in length, which was made into a small book, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.”

Trump has posted an eloquent 600-word statement that notes that he did not always hold the pro-life position, “but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.” He previously had said that “what happened is friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child.”

Reagan’s essay, which was published 10 years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand, drew upon moral considerations but also medical and scientific evidence. He noted that 1981 Senate hearings on the beginning of human life brought out the basic issue more clearly than ever before. “The many medical and scientific witnesses who testified disagreed on many things, but not on the scientific evidence that the unborn child is alive, is a distinct individual, or is a member of the human species,” he said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has exploited Trump’s flip-flop on abortion. Christina Reynolds, Deputy Communications Director for Hillary for America, sent out an email asking for financial support to protest Trump’s position on “the health care decisions” of women, neglecting the rights of the unborn child.

It’s Mrs. Clinton who should be subjected to tough questioning over the issue to see whether her pro-abortion advocacy can hold up under pressure.

Some of the pressure is coming from fellow Democrats who object to the cult-like devotion to abortion on demand.

The group, Democrats for Life of America, says, “We, as Democrats, can no longer advocate for a radical abortion agenda.” The group is drawing attention to a former abortionist who is using medical animations to depict the violent reality of what actually happens to a baby and her mother during an abortion. The video features Dr. Anthony Levatino, a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with 40 years of medical experience who performed over 1,200 abortions in the first and second trimesters.

Democrats for Life is sponsoring an “Open the Big Tent” rally at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July. The title of the event is an attempt to draw attention to the Democratic Party’s embrace of the pro-abortion mentality and exclusion of pro-lifers. “Over 23 million Democrats in the United States are pro-life. Nonetheless, their voices are not being heard inside our own party. Those voices are being shut out of party discussions and inadequately represented in our party,” the group says.

So while Donald Trump is being castigated by the media for being inarticulate on the issue of abortion, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party are being given a free ride by the press for a policy that suppresses the scientific and medical evidence of the humanity of the unborn child.

But the media’s pro-abortion bias goes far beyond ignoring the activities of pro-life Democrats.

Kirsten Powers, a liberal Fox News political analyst, had complained publicly about the scant coverage given by the so-called “mainstream media” to the 2013 murder trial of millionaire abortionist doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was subsequently convicted on murder charges and sentenced to life in prison. He is called America’s biggest serial killer in a forthcoming movie about the case. He slit the spinal cords of babies he deliberately aborted and killed them outside the womb.

At the time, Mollie Hemingway quoted Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post as saying she didn’t cover the trial because it was a “local crime.” Eventually, the paper did cover it. Kliff apologized, saying that when she described the Gosnell case as a local crime story, she was wrong. “The egregious and horrifying crimes committed in the physician’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic have become a matter of national attention,” she said.

Indeed, Gosnell operated his “clinic” in Philadelphia, where the Democratic Party convention is taking place.

Another film, “3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy,” has already been released. It tells the story of “violence, greed, and a cover-up that shook the nation” in the Gosnell case. The title refers to the specific address of his Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic.

During an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mrs. Clinton, who is a grandmother, was asked, “Are there reasonable restrictions that you would ever support on abortion?” She seemed to reply that she supported no limits to abortion up until the moment of birth. She replied, “I’ve said that there were. And that’s under, that’s under Roe v. Wade, that there can be, uh, restrictions in the very end, uh, of, uh, you know, the third trimester.”

The “very end” of the third trimester is, of course, birth.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the other Democratic presidential candidate, shares the view of no restrictions or regulations of abortion on demand. “Can you name a single circumstance at any point in a pregnancy in which you would be okay with abortion being illegal?” Bret Baier of Fox News asked. Sanders replied, “It is wrong for the government to be telling a woman what to do with her own body.”

Mrs. Clinton’s response was, “I have been on record in favor of a late pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother.” But a late pregnancy regulation with these exceptions would also seem like justification of abortion on demand.

The exchanges with Clinton and Sanders at a Fox News-sponsored Town Hall meant that seven Democratic debates or forums had passed without a single question on abortion. The media want to protect the Democrats from being exposed for their extreme positions and lucrative funding from Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby.

It’s also clear the liberal media are using the issue to bash Republicans for being “anti-woman.”

Reagan had turned the tables on the pro-abortionists in his famous essay, quoting the American founders and the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves,” Reagan said. “Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”

In this context, pro-life groups are vigorously opposing Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. “A Justice Garland replacing Justice Scalia would move the Court dramatically to the pro-abortion position,” they said in a statement. “How do we know? Because President Obama and the abortion lobby wouldn’t have it any other way. Anyone he nominates will join the voting bloc on the Court that consistently upholds abortion on demand.”

They back this statement up by quoting the liberal New York Times as saying that “A Supreme Court with Merrick Garland Would Be the Most Liberal in Decades.”




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  • Post American

    When is the last time you heard a PRO LIFE Republican call for paid maternity leave? Universal child care? Expanding the social safety net? Raising the Minimum wage? The number one reason women choose abortion is their economic situation; raise the minimum wage if you want to reduce abortions. The other best way is to expand sex education, family planning, and yes Planned Parenthood. The right to a safe and legal abortion is not a religious issue, its a human rights issue. As long as the Republican Party continues to use religious beliefs to oppress American women, they are just as guilty of human rights violations as extremists who use Islam to commit atrocities against women. #WomensRightsAreHumanRights

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The strength of a nation is found in it’s morality, not in it’s reprobation, you piece of dung. If you love somebody, you are going keep them from abortion, not do everything to encourage them. You are like the drug dealer that wants to temp souls into the pit, and you call those who prevent your customers “oppressors.” Your father is the devil and the truth is not in him. He was a murderer from the beginning. You will fry like sausage for eternity in hell, if you don’t repent from your wicked ways, sinner.

  • M J

    Absolutely! Abortion – IS the ultimate War On Women as about half all babies aborted ARE women and in many cultures that are male-dominated. Female babies are the 1st to be killed after birth or aborted in favor of a male keeping the family name going onward. Doing the simple math leaves more then 1//2 of all abortions result in the death of women. The Left will never get it! Since they are all about free and easy access to “Safe” (for who, someone dies?) abortions funded by taxpayer dollars in many cases, and in many cases those “Planned Parenthood” bloody houses of death have been proven to be run by those who are great at botching the whole barbaric act, often sending the “mother” to the emergency clinic, often bleeding out by these non-doctor baby killers! Wine and Lamborghinis for baby parts from aborted babies, anyone? We all know about the video. I am really glad that despite the waste of oxygen occupying the White House and Hitlery wanting “her” shot at the brass ring and both of them being staunch perpetrators of Baby Murdering, that Real American Grass Roots actions have closed more abortion clinics than at any other time in U.S History. Abortion needs to be rightfully placed on the ash heap of history. Maybe those who can cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases that take loved ones away so soon will be allowed to be born and fulfill their destiny. After all it is a Life and a Child, many of them Women to Be!

  • Dr. Robert Schwartz

    Post American, I address this brief note to you and all who might reason along your lines. I have been present at perhaps the busiest abortion clinic (“abortuary”) in Houston on Saturdays for eight years. It is a beehive of women, driven into the parking lot in the shiniest new cars on the road. They are accompanied by a lady friend; they wear baggy pants; they ignore those who wish to hand them brochures like “Before you choose” and others aimed at challenging their objective. They are met in the parking lot by a man or lady outfitted in “rainbow,” to offer them a sort of security as they head inside. A policeman patrols the parking lot. The scene, then, is set for entry into a service guaranteed by an American court decision, yet condemned by the building block of every culture and civilization on earth, viz., religion. Religion is the binding force in and of our very nature, which screams at us to awaken us to what is right and what is wrong. That nature within us can be distorted over time, yet even those who suffer from distortion know and recognize that abortion is the deliberate destruction before birth of a human being in the First Stage of its life. We all know, through the logic of philosophy and also through religion, that once conceived, the human being is alive. We know that nothing is added to its embryonic First Stage to make it anything more than what it is, viz., a living human being. To suggest otherwise would be to have information that is so restricted that no philosopher, religious leader or medic has ever discovered this knowledge. That same human baby will pass through to the Fifth Stage in his old age. His life will continue on forever. His life began with conception, a moment when he received an immortal life-giving principle, which we call a soul. Briefly, the soul is immortal. It was created by God; it is immaterial;it can think, decide and remember–immaterial elements, like ideas, the foundation of knowledge and learning. It can aspire to great things, hope for the hereafter when its soul departs from its body at a point when the latter is incapable of maintaining its activities. We humans alone aspire to an eternity of happiness, something nonhumans do not aspire to because theirs is a physical world–ours is both physical and spiritual. We seek the good on this earth, yet our satisfaction here is incomplete. We seek a satisfaction for the efforts we have made to help ourselves and others, all of which we call “virtues.” We could not even be motivated to practice our human virtues were we not aware that ours is a life, a spirit, a soul that will live forever, once our soul can no longer function within our body, and it leaves that body and that earth where, at the moment, we all live, live in anticipation of a “reward” for all that we have done to improve this world through our practice of virtues like generosity, charity and sacrifice. Is it any different for a yet-to-be-born human life? already equipped with body and soul and all it lacks is physical nourishment, then slowly to use its mind to pursue the good things of this world.

  • William

    Hillary supports executions and war, she is prodeath.

  • biilyjoe

    The corrupt, complicit, totalitarian left-loon media allow as much “vetting” on Hill-Liar-y (and for that matter, sesame street muppet sanders) , as Caliph Obama allows of his Muslim co-“religionists”– especially the ones he’s bringing here from the Middle East –to turn each of our cities into Brussels. Within 20 years , if Mullah O-bomb-us gets his way, all Americans will have a choice of 2-style cities in which to live : Take your pick: — a detroit or a mollenbeek. Trump/Cruz 2016.

  • biilyjoe

    Some of the wealthiest women in the world have abortions. These girls that have babies out of wedlock get every kind of help with their illegitimacies– food , clothing, shelter, welfare, , even are given HUD remodeled homes if they are at least 18 years old–iand free daycare n their high schools. Meanwhile the millions of sperm donor males get off free. These females go back and get pregnant over and over again and then get free abortions at tax payers’ expense– thanks to moral-less demons like you who’ve been telling them since the early 1960’s that they can have sex whenever and with whomever they want. No taxpayers should have to pay for 13 year old girls to get 4 or 5 abortions every few years which is what is going on. Of course, we know Planned Parenthood sells the dead babies’ body parts to “science” (mengele science)- and then the proceeds go to help fund the Demoncrat Party “platform”.

  • john robel

    Hillary IS an ABORTION.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The very Jewish Democratic Party supports Jihad and Obama hires it’s officials from CAP as George Soros seems to be controlling our nation – It’s just unreal that the Democratic main
    lobby George Soros is a Jew that hates Jews – Bernie Sanders is a Jew that is controlled by Soros – Hillary’s daughter is married to a Jew. It’s just nuts – http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/117455/center-american-progress-jihad-against-free-world-daniel-greenfield

  • RMThoughts

    Welcome to exeptional America today where the massively criminal political mafia in Washington, DC, calls itself the “American Government”. The criminals that infest Washington have nullified our Constitution and abolished the rule of law and mock legitimate governance. We are government by lawless fascists by any standard dominating both parties.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Hmmmm. Who changed his position four times in 2 days and TWICE in one paragraph? That would be Trump. Maybe THAT’s why he’s getting slammed. Ya think?

  • Steven Barrett

    I wonder if Richard dusted off his framed photo of Julius Streicher this morning and decided it was time for some old fashioned Jew baiting. Some people just have this thing with it, they just can’t stop doing it like a dog scratching a bad itch. The dog can be excused for not stopping because he doesn’t speak our language(s); not so with the anti-Semite. They just have this itch.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The Democratic Party accusing some one of Jew baiting – LMAO – That’s all they do -What we have here are two race traders who are Jews that seem to be openly supporting Jihad and radical Islam – How do you have your family wiped out in the holocaust and persecuted by the Nazis and advocate radical Islam ? Sanders fathers family were
    wiped out in
    Poland and Soros lived under Nazi Germany occupied Hungary. They changed their family name to Soros from Schwartz ! Soros is known as a economic war criminal and his net worth went from 9 Billion Dollars to 24 Billion dollars under the
    Obama administration

    It’s not just Bernie – It’s Sanders , Soros , Clinton and John Podesta heading the programs of Jihad and Radical Islam and the resurrection of the Nazi party ! The colors of the American flag are red, white and blue, but the colors of the Center for American Progress
    are red, white and green. Red for the left and green for Islam.
    The Center for American Progress is not just any organization. Headed up by John Podesta, a co-chairman of Obama’s transition team and backed by a 38 million dollar annual budget, it is George Soros’ most ambitious attempt to turn his
    Shadow Party into a shadow government. CAP is the organization with the single greatest influence on the Obama White House and its foreign and domestic policy.| John David Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
    George Soros donated $2 million to super PACs supporting Hillary Clinton last year
    See Articles –
    The Center for American Progress’ Jihad Against the Free World – December 29, 2011 Daniel Greenfield – Bernie’s Billionaires — Cliff Kincaid — August 24, 2015 – The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power –
    Cliff Kincaid — October 27, 2004 – Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous by Human Events – George Soros and John Kerry — Cliff Kincaid — October 18, 2004 Soros donated $2 million to super PACs supporting Hillary Clinton last year
    Quote – There is no Islamist thug or regime too awful for the Center, whose number one priority is backing Islamist takeovers in the Middle East
    ——–Daniel Greenfield

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Of course I’m not a Jew but as a veteran you’d have to be a bit miffed and outraged at the White House and the Democratic Party ! The colors of the Center for American Progress are red, white and green. Red for the left and green for Islam. !
    Quote by Daniel Greenfield – There is no Islamist thug or regime too awful for the Center For American Progress , whose number one priority is backing Islamist takeovers in the Middle East ——–Daniel Greenfield –
    Now why would such a person such as George Soros ( known as a economic war criminal around the world ) be backing Islamist takeovers in the Middle East ? That’s a tough one ! Let’s look at their board of directors ! CAP Board of Directors
    Sen. Tom Daschle, Chair
    Neera Tanden, President
    Secretary Madeleine Albright
    Carol Browner
    Glenn Hutchins
    Jonathan Lavine
    John Podesta
    Susan Sandler
    Tom Steyer
    Donald Sussman
    Jose Villarreal
    Hansjörg Wyss
    Here’s how one of the organizational supported blogs reads ! There are no civilians in Israel. The population– males, females and children… are the army reserve soldiers, and thus can be killed ! I can’t figure out if they
    support our veterans or our enemies but I suspect some of their bloggers could be of interest to Homeland Security !

  • Steven Barrett

    Richard, in case you haven’t noticed, anti-Semitism just doesn’t play well within the more sensible ranks of writers more interested in contributing sensible points through responsible writing than ranting. Unfortunately anti-Semitism never went out of vogue within all low-brow knuckle-draggin’ scribbling sub-sets any more than that other favorite of trolls n’ proles: anti-Catholicism, which a real conservative scholar/writer named Peter Viereck aptly put down as the anti-Semitism of “intellectuals.” [I took the liberty of putting the hooks on intellectuals.]

  • Richard Hellstrom

    What ever – I hope you and your wife and children are sitting in a ice crème shop one day and the next thing you notice is that their blown all over the freaking store ! FOR GOD ! I think we have a bunch of Boston writers that will tell you your full of crap ! So go ahead and vote for them and be looking for you intellectuals on CNN ! All burned up like trolls n’ proles !

  • Steven Barrett

    Are you always this disgusting and reprehensible in the way you think and write?