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WashPost: Banning Chemical Abortions Would Be ‘Catastrophic’! To Whom?

by | Feb 7, 2023

By Tim Graham

The Washington Post is presenting any limitation on chemical abortions as “catastrophic.” Every abortion is a catastrophe to an unborn child, but liberal reporters describe the valiant fight for drugs that “prompt contractions that expel the fetus.” This was the online headline on a story by reporters Caroline Kitchener and Perry Stein on Sunday: 

Fears mount around ‘catastrophic’ abortion pills case as decision nears: Conservative judges likely to decide fate of Texas lawsuit seeking to ban mifepristone nationwide

In Monday’s paper, the headline on page A-5 was milder: “Abortion rights backers fear ruling in pills case.” The Kitchener-Stein article includes seven uses of “conservative” or “right-leaning” (and one “fringe”) and none of “liberal.” As usual, the two sides are presented as conservatives and nonpartisans. The story began: 

Abortion rights advocates delivered a stark warning to the Biden administration’s top health official in a private meeting last week: It’s time to take seriously “fringe” threats that could wind up blocking abortion access across the country.

Driving their anxiety is a Texas lawsuit brought by conservative groups seeking to revoke the decades-old government approval of a key abortion drug.

The suit has been widely ridiculed by legal experts as rooted in baseless and debunked arguments. But in recent weeks, abortion rights advocates and some in the Biden administration have grown increasingly concerned that the case is likely to be decided entirely by conservative judges who might be eager for a chance to restrict abortion access even in Democrat-led states, where the procedure has remained legal since the fall of Roe v. Wade.

“Legal experts” are clearly liberals who think pro-lifers should be “widely ridiculed.” After Liz Wagner of the Center for Reproductive Rights described a pro-life outcome as “catastrophic,” the labeling frenzy continued; 

The case was filed in Amarillo, where U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, nominated by President Donald Trump and known for his conservative views on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion, could rule as early as this week. An appeal would land in the right-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, ultimately presenting the Supreme Court with another major abortion case less than a year after its conservative majority retracted the constitutional right to abortion….

Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that has been involved in antiabortion litigation, filed the suit in November on behalf of four antiabortion medical organizations and four doctors who say they have treated patients with the drug.

The FDA has repeatedly deemed the two-step medication abortion protocol to be a safe and effective alternative to surgical abortions. But the conservative group’s 113-page lawsuit argues that the FDA chose politics over science when it approved “chemical abortion drugs,” purposely ignoring what the plaintiffs claim are potentially harmful side effects.

“We think that when the court will look at the law and the facts of what the FDA has done that it will agree that FDA has failed in its job to protect America’s women and girls,” said Julie Marie Blake, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.

That’s the only pro-life quote in the entire article. Everyone else is the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, Biden Justice Department officials, and an abortionist, Amy Hagstrom Miller, who warned of “radical” legal theories from the right. None of them can apparently be described in ideological terms. 

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Media Bias