Accuracy in Media

A revolution in abortion law is taking place, and the mainstream media is determined you not know about it until it’s too late.

New York’s Democratic state legislature passed – and its Catholic Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo signed – legislation that allows abortion up to the moment of birth for any reason and does not require a physician to certify that reason.

Video of the legislature cheering passage of the bill and of the governor ordering the One World Trade Center in New York City lit up in pink to commemorate passage of the most aggressively pro-abortion legislation in the United States shocked the consciousness of many of the 87 percent of Americans who oppose third-trimester abortions.

The New York Times did not even write a story about the bill but included details in a piece entitled “Dream Act is Approved in N.Y. to Aid Undocumented Students, In Rebuke to Trump,” by Christina Goldbaum.

On the story’s 14th paragraph, Goldbaum finally writes: “On Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, to expand rights to abortion. New York’s abortion laws had not been updated since 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade. The measures moves abortion regulations from the state penal code to the health code, recognizing abortion as a public health issue rather than a crime form which the state had carved out exclusions.”

The next paragraph returned to coverage of the immigration bill mentioned in the headline.

Elsewhere, the BBC wrote “New York abortion law: Why are so many people talking about it? by George Pierpoint. Snopes provided a “fact-check,” on “Did New York Pass a Bill Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth?” It rated the claim “mixture.” It said the law allows abortion after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or the mother’s health is in danger but does not allow for unrestricted abortion “up through the normal term of pregnancy.”

Meanwhile in Virginia, Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, has introduced legislation that would allow abortions through 40 weeks of pregnancy – beyond full term. Conservative media has run wild with the video of Tran being questioned on her legislation by Republican Todd Gilbert, majority leader of the House of Delegates, admitting her bill would allow abortions up to the moment of birth – even after the mother had started dilating.

She since has deleted her social media accounts, adding to the sense this is legislation Democrats want to pass before anyone takes notice.

“How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated that it would impair the mental health of the woman?” asked Gilbert, who represents the Blue Ridge counties of Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham and Warren.

“Or physical health,” Tran interjected.

“OK, I’m talking about mental health,” Gilbert said.

“I mean, through the third trimester,” Tran said. “The third trimester goes to 40 weeks.”

“OK, but at the end of the third trimester,” Gilbert asked.

“Yup. I don’t think we have a limit in the bill,” Tran said.

“Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she’s about to give birth, would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified? She’s dilating.”

“My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran said.

According to National Review, her legislation, called the Repeal Act, would “remove all existing restrictions on abortion in Virginia. That includes permitting abortion in the last three months of pregnancy, eliminating informed-consent and clinic-safety requirements, permitting late-term abortions to be performed in outpatient clinics and removing pro-life initiatives such as ultrasound requirements and the state’s 24-hour waiting period.”

The plan seems to be to pass these bills without bringing much attention to them – a victory for the Democrats without the scrutiny of a public that does not favor late-term abortions.

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