Monday, June 27, 2011

New York Times abortion labels

I love how Erik Eckholm uses labels to identify various groups quoted in his article on 20-week abortion bans.

National Right to Life Committee are "Opponents of abortion."

The Guttmacher Institute is "a research group." No pro-choice ties to see here.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is "a legal group." Maybe Erik could have added "pro-choice" before legal group, huh?

David Grimes is "a prominent researcher and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine."

The article doesn't mention that Grimes is an abortionist and has been a leading abortion advocate for decades.

Caitlin Borgmann is "a law professor at City University of New York School of Law and an advocate for abortion rights."

Finally, someone in favor of legal abortion is actually identified as being in favor of legal abortion! Amazing!

Come on Erik, we all know that the Times is going to get 3-4 pro-choice sources for every 1 prolife source but at least give your readers the courtesy of properly identifying which side of the debate your sources are on. Let's not act like David Grimes is just some random ob/gyn professor and the Guttmacher Institute is a plain ole' "research group" who don't have a dog in the fight.

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