Saturday, December 15, 2007

For the media, abortion isn't about abortion

I applaud the Sun Chain of papers' recent series on abortion, in light of the 20th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision (January 2008).

The Sun writer puts a disclaimer stating that they try to show both sides of the abortion debate.

They did an article on how women experience abortion.

Why didn't they do an article on the experience from the unborn child's point of view? Why not have a full article on fetal development, the methods of abortion, how late they can be performed, and whether the unborn child feels pain?

That, to me, would have been a much more balanced series.

After all, that's what the fuss is about, right? When you read about abortion in the media, you'd think it's about the single mom who can't afford another baby, or the mother of a genetically deformed baby.

But that's not what abortion is. Those are reasons invoked to justify abortion, but before you can justify an act, you have to know what the act consists of. The media doesn't shed a lot of light on that aspect of the abortion debate.

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