Are laws to allow abortion up to birth newsworthy?

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on February 6, 2019

From a post by Jarrett Stepman, DailySignal, Feb. 2:

…Last week, Virginia state Delegate Kathy Tran, a Democrat from Fairfax County, introduced a bill that the lawmaker acknowledged would allow abortions to be performed as a woman is giving birth.

Watch the clip “Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran Presents Third Trimester Abortion Bill in Committee Jan. 28, 2019”:

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who is also a pediatric neurologist, followed this up with a defense of the bill when questioned on its extremist provisions. Northam calmly suggested that children with deformities or disabilities might justify termination at birth …:

…The media framed this not as Democrats [promoting a law that would] kill babies, but as Republicans attacking Democrats.

The Washington Post…didn’t even mention the Virginia legislation for hours after the state delegate’s comments were trending on twitter – finally ran with the headline: “Va. Gov. Northam faces fierce conservative backlash over abortion bill” — as if the conservative reaction was the story rather than the fact that Northam was promoting what seemed to be infanticide and eugenics.

The Post published an article headlined:  “Abortion bill draws GOP outrage against Va. Gov. Northam, Democratic legislators.” 

And from a Jan. 30 post by Brian McNicoll at Accuracy in Media: “Media Silent on Democrats’ Abortion Bills”:

New York’s Democratic state legislature passed – and its Catholic Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 22 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 Democratic 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 celebrate 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 clip below is from the NY legislature upon the abortion bill’s signing:

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. …

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.

Gallup polls on Americans’ views on abortions show that 81% think abortion should be illegal during the last three months of pregnancy:

Chart from Gallup polls. Only 13% of Americans think abortion should be legal in the last three months of pregnancy.

The NY State Catholic Conference explains the newly passed New York abortion law.