Monday, July 27, 2015
The NYT on the current abortion controversy
This piece might be as close at the NYT can come to covering an abortion-related controversy in a way that does not merely repeat the talking points and agenda items of the abortion-rights lobby. A bit:
But anti-abortion activists say their new efforts are forcing their opponents to defend their own words and beliefs on the issue in a way they had not had to before.
“It’s very difficult to deliver a message that people don’t basically believe,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that funds anti-abortion candidates. “We’re the source of the information, so they think we’re biased.” But in this case, she added, “it’s coming from them, not us.”
Abortion opponents hope the videos will provoke people to consider the humanity of the unborn, much like discussing ultrasounds can — albeit in a much more jarring and graphic way. Ms. Conway, the Republican pollster, calls this a “shock the conscience, warm the heart” approach.
On the other hand, the piece also employs, chillingly, an abortion-related euphemism that was new, even to me: "The group also says it knows that Mr. Daleiden or his colleagues were admitted into a clinic area that processes tissue after abortions, and it believes they may have obtained footage of that as well." "[A] clinic area that processes tissue . . . ". God help us.