The Pro-Life Action League now reports that more than 78,000 people demonstrated at 354 of the nearly 700 Planned Parenthood clinics and offices around the country last Saturday. More than 50 pro-life organizations (including Women Betrayed, Priests for Life, Human Life International, 40 Days for Life, Created Equal, and Silent No More) sponsored the National Day of Protest. Since the Center for Medical Progress released its undercover videos, many have complained that mainstream media won’t cover the story.
- The silence is shameful (National Review, 08-19-15)
- Living in denial (The Week, 07-17-15)
- The bad, the worse, and the ugly (The Federalist, 07-16-15)
- Censoring the real Planned Parenthood (News Busters, 08-18-15)
I wondered how would the media cover the historic nationwide demonstrations. Was bias inevitable? No doubt there was pressure at many media outlets to include Planned Parenthood’s talking points when covering the pro-life demonstrations. Some reporters went so far as to lead the coverage with the so-called “pro-choice” viewpoint or show a picture of someone holding a sign that says “I stand with Planned Parenthood.” Following are sample news reports from around the country.
[For official counts by city, visit ProtestPP.com. The numbers below could be off, because they were sourced from media reports (for those journalists and outlets that cared enough to include an estimated count of participants).]
|City||State||Estimated # of Pro-Life Demonstrators||Media Coverage with a few Personal Video and Articles|
|Birmingham||AL||300||al.com and ABC 33 40|
|Glendale||AZ||dozens (931)||CBS 46|
|Phoenix||AZ||no number reported (1600)||ABC 15 and Arizona Family and AZ Central and Catholic Stand|
|Tempe||AZ||1100||National Catholic Register|
|Escondido||CA||200||San Diego Tribune|
|Orange||CA||1000||The Orange County Register and private video|
|San Diego||CA||200 (500)||San Diego Tribune|
|Vista||CA||100||San Diego Tribune|
|Colorado Springs||CO||600||KOAA and KKTV and KRDO|
|Denver||CO||hundreds (575)||9News and The Denver Channel|
|Fort Meyers||FL||100+ (527)||ABC 7|
|Pembroke Pines||FL||200||Sun Sentinel|
|St Petersburg||FL||150||The Tampa Tribune|
|Tampa||FL||300||The Tampa Tribune|
|Marietta||GA||600–700||CBS 46 and Marietta Daily Journal; see also Here I Blog and Mark Lamprecht video: 20 min, includes Dr Alveda King’s speech and 5 min|
|Des Moines||IA||250||The Des Moines Register|
|Iowa City||IA||no number reported (150)||KCRG|
|Boise||ID||hundreds (200)||KTVB and KIVI TV|
|Aurora||IL||1600||National Catholic Register; Washington Post; CBS Chicago; see also Nick Johnson youtube video|
|Mishawaka||IN||hundreds||South Bend Tribune|
|Overland Park||KS||no number reported (500)||Fox 4 KC|
|Louisville||KY||500||Courier-Journal and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|Worcester||MA||350||Catholic Free Press|
|Annapolis||MD||no number reported (200)||Capital Gazette|
|Frederick||MD||no number reported (167)||Your4State|
|Portland||ME||dozens||Providence Journal and WMTV|
|Grand Rapids||MI||hundreds (500)||WOOD TV|
|Warren||MI||450||The Michigan Catholic|
|St Paul||MN||4000 to 6000||Christian Post and National Catholic Register|
|Columbia||MO||hundreds(250)||Connect MidMissouri and KBIA|
|Saint Louis||MO||700||Saint Louis Review|
|Great Falls||MT||no number reported (120)||KRTV|
|Ashville||NC||no number reported (220)||WLOX|
|Greensboro||NC||100+||My Fox 8|
|Winston-Salem||NC||200+||Journal Now and Winston-Salem Journal|
|Lincoln||NE||600||couldn’t find local news report (KLKN); see tweet|
|Omaha||NE||620||couldn’t find local news report (KETV and WOWT)|
|Manchester||NH||200||New Hampshire Union Leader|
|Albuquerque||NM||600||KOB 4 and fggam.org|
|Las Vegas||NV||200||News 3 LV|
|New York||NY||150||Fox News|
|Akron||OH||hundreds (550)||Toledo Blade|
|Cincinnati||OH||1100||National Catholic Register|
|Dayton||OH||hundreds (300)||WHIO and ABC 22|
|Youngstown||OH||no number reported (100)||WFMJ|
|Oklahoma City||OK||100–300||KFOR and News on 6|
|Tulsa||OK||150||News on 6|
|Portland||OR||dozens||Catholic Sentinel and KGW and WGME|
|Salem||OR||hundreds (300)||Statesman Journal|
|Harrisburg||PA||no number reported (150)||ABC 27|
|Scranton||PA||100+||The Times-Tribune and WNEP|
|Providence||RI||500||Providence Journal and ABC 6|
|Greenville||SC||300 (500)||Greenville Online and WYFF 4|
|Knoxville||TN||150||Local 8 Now and WBIR|
|Dallas||TX||hundreds (400)||Dallas Morning News and Dallas Morning News Scoop Blog|
|Fort Worth||TX||500+ (575)||Washington Post|
|Houston||TX||several hundred||Chron.com and Click 2 Houston|
|San Antonio||TX||650 (700)||KSAT 12 and Fox San Antonio|
|Salt Lake City||UT||300+||Salt Lake Tribune|
|Charlottesville||VA||200+||Daily Progress and NBC 29|
|Falls Church||VA||800||Washington Post and Arlington Catholic Herald|
|Richmond||VA||500||Christian Post and NBC 12|
|Pullman||WA||500||Daily Evergreen and youtube footage|
|Seattle||WA||hundreds (380)||King 5|
|Madison||WI||80||NBC 15 and Catholic Herald (200 participants on 08-24)|
|Wisconsin Rapids||WI||100||Stevens Point Journal|
|Vienna||WV||no number reported||The News Center|
Curious: why is the number for Saint Paul, MN, so much higher than for other cities?
How we tell our story matters, the words we choose matter. Listening carefully to the story the media or politicians or a business like Planned Parenthood wants to sell matters. It is the story that gets us to step out of our day-to-day lives and demonstrate outside a building, at our state capitol, or on the National Mall.
The Church believes that God exists and that he loves us. We make this claim because we have encountered and trust Jesus Christ. This trust enables a relationship in which God’s plan for all creation is revealed and disclosed. Confident in this plan, we are able to proclaim that each and every human being is created in the image of God. We believe that God creates us with a purpose and for a mission.
— Love Is Our Mission: the family fully alive
The pro-life message is that every life matters, that ending the life of a human being is not a compassionate or merciful solution to any problem, including a crisis pregnancy. The pro-life message is that women have other options besides ending the life of an innocent child. There are people and organizations ready to help (e.g., Birthright, Life Call, and Care Net). There are couples who would love to adopt and care for the child, including those who may have physical or mental disabilities.
The goals of the National Day of Protest demonstrations included the following:
- Stop taxpayer funding of the billion-dollar abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, which ended the lives of more than 300,000 children in 2014.
- Demand that Congress investigate Planned Parenthood “fetal tissue donation” practices (where relevant; does not occur at all clinics, all states).
- Raise awareness that abortion is the intentional taking of human life and violates the fifth commandment.
- Clarify the language that “pro-choice” advocates use to distort the reality of abortion.
- Witness to the sanctity of life and to other choices (not to harass women, as some claim).
Things to Think About
- How Planned Parenthood calculates abortion services (3% myth)
- Map of health care clinics that could use the $500 million of taxpayer money that currently goes to Planned Parenthood annually
- A pro-life model for health care for women
- Interview with David Daleiden — the man behind the undercover videos
- Open Letter to Planned Parenthood
- Former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director explains “tissue” donation
- Why won’t people watch CMP’s videos?
- Planned Parenthood letter to media outlets not to air CMP’s videos
- Cecile Richards says life begins after birth
- Abortion survivor asks “when did my life begin?”
- Children are a gift
Question of the Day: Am I willing to help? How do we stop unborn babies from being killed in the first place?
For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. — Ephesians 6:12
Prayers from Priests for Life
- for repentance and mercy
- for the conversion of Planned Parenthood
- for pro-life advocates
- for public officials
- for those wounded by abortion