News Coverage of the 08-22-15 Nationwide Pro-Life Demonstrations

[UPDATED 09-01-15]

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 International40 Days for LifeCreated 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.

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
Fairbanks AK 50+ newsminer.com
Little Rock AK 250 THV11
Birmingham AL 300 al.com and ABC 33 40
Mobile AL 221 WFSA
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
Lawndale CA hundreds Daily Breeze
Los Angeles CA 100 Breitbart
Orange CA 1000 The Orange County Register  and private video
Pomona CA 100+ sbsun.com
Reading CA 70 KRCR News
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
Washington DC hundreds (180) WTOP
Fort Meyers FL 100+ (527) ABC 7
Orlando FL 150 Orlando Sentinel
Pembroke Pines FL 200 Sun Sentinel
St Petersburg FL 150 The Tampa Tribune
Tampa FL 300 The Tampa Tribune
Columbus GA 150 WRBL
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
Meridian ID 300 Idaho Statesman
Aurora IL 1600 National Catholic Register; Washington Post; CBS Chicago; see also Nick Johnson youtube video
Fort Wayne IN 500+ WishTV
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
Boston MA 300 (400) WBUR
Worcester MA 350 Catholic Free Press
Annapolis MD no number reported (200) Capital Gazette
Easton MD 100 WBOC
Frederick MD no number reported (167) Your4State
Towson MD 60 Baltimore Sun
Portland ME dozens Providence Journal  and WMTV
Grand Rapids MI hundreds (500) WOOD TV
Kalamazoo MI 150 mlive.com
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
Hattiesburg MS 60+ Hattiesburg American
Great Falls MT no number reported (120) KRTV
Ashville NC no number reported (220) WLOX
Charlotte NC hundreds (1200) WSOCTV
Greensboro NC 100+ My Fox 8
Raleigh NC 100+ WRAL
Winston-Salem NC 200+ Journal Now and Winston-Salem Journal
Moorhead ND 240 Daily Globe
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
Hackensack NJ 300 NorthJersey.com
Hamilton NJ 200 NJ.com
Morristown NJ 200 NJ.com
Albuquerque NM 600 KOB 4 and fggam.org
Las Vegas NV 200 News 3 LV
Buffalo NY 200 Buffalo News
Hornell NY 30 Evening Tribune
New York NY 150 Fox News
Akron OH hundreds (550) Toledo Blade
Cincinnati OH 1100 National Catholic Register
Columbus OH 600+ Dispatch.com
Dayton OH hundreds (300) WHIO and ABC 22
Toledo OH 250 Toledo Blade
Youngstown OH no number reported (100) WFMJ
Oklahoma City OK 100–300 KFOR and News on 6
Tulsa OK 150 News on 6
Bend OR 150 KTVZ
Portland OR dozens Catholic Sentinel and KGW   and WGME
Salem OR hundreds (300) Statesman Journal
Harrisburg PA no number reported (150) ABC 27
Pittsburgh PA 150 Post Gazette
Scranton PA 100+ The Times-Tribune and WNEP
Providence RI 500 Providence Journal and ABC 6
Columbia SC 100+ SC Now
Greenville SC 300 (500) Greenville Online and WYFF 4
Sioux Falls SD 100+ KDLT
Knoxville TN 150 Local 8 Now and WBIR
Nashville TN 70 The Tennessean
Austin TX 300 KXAN
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
Spring TX 400 KHOU
Tyler TX 200+ KLTV
Orem UT 150 Herald Extra
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
Roanoke VA 350+ WSLS 10
Virginia Beach VA 100+ WAVY.com
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

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

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