We’ve heard stuff like this before with climate change alarmists: there is no “other side” to the climate change argument; it’s settled science, and there’s no reason to be giving any skeptics media coverage. Now Jezebel is reprinting a letter from Physicians for Reproductive Health, who are requesting that the media no longer give airtime or print to “anti-abortion propagandists,” because there is no “both sides” to the debate over whether abortion should be legal.
Abortion Providers Would Like You to Please Stop Interviewing Anti-Abortion Propagandists
In an open letter shared exclusively with Jezebel, Physicians for Reproductive Health demand an end to "both sides,' abortion coverage.https://t.co/V8j0U7kJoJ
— Kimberly Morgan,26947 #FollowBackResistance #BLM (@ColinMorgan65) August 15, 2022
Abortion providers have a rather simple request for members of the media: “Stop giving air-time to anti-abortion activists.” In a letter published Monday exclusively on Jezebel, more than 600 doctors, nurses, social workers, nonprofit organizations and abortion support staffers demanded media get wise to how damaging “both sides” coverage actually is.
“We are asking for a commitment from the community of media outlets reporting on abortion to keep in mind the true danger that you present when interviewing anti-abortion extremists,” reads the letter, which was organized by Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH). “You are giving the opportunity for dangerous lies to spread. You are, by way of asking them questions, legitimizing their answers. You are allowing hateful, dangerous harassers to build a base that encourages protesting at clinics, stalking and harming clinic staff and abortion providers, and online and in-person abuse of people who have abortions and those who support them in getting that care.”
Maybe these 600 people could also ask Jane’s Revenge and friends to stop firebombing and vandalizing crisis pregnancy centers with graffiti reading, “If abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t safe.”
Check out the wording Jezebel’s Caitlin Cruz uses:
This is something I’ve noticed in my own reporting and reading on the subject. A recent Washington Post feature about an anti-abortion activist planning to open a massive anti-abortion pregnancy “care” center in South Texas quoted one forced-birth activist as saying, “I’ve seen a lot of 13-year-olds do phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal” as mothers.
“Anti-abortion activist,” “anti-abortion pregnancy ‘care’ center,” “forced-birth activist.” They certainly didn’t have to ask Jezebel twice.
This is truly sick. An outfit called "Physicians for Reproductive Health" is pressuring media not to permit those who oppose their beliefs about abortion to be heard. They say "science, evidence, and medicine don't have an 'other side'." I say trying to shut down debate is evil.
— Robert P. George🇻🇦🇺🇸🪕 (@McCormickProf) August 15, 2022
Practicing, full time physician from the “other side” here! Happy to introduce you to many more if you would like… pic.twitter.com/nuDqlVRyyq
— Jared (@kujared) August 15, 2022
If the media were to accede to this demand, I wonder what exactly would change about their coverage?
— Kevin Miller (@ProfKevin) August 15, 2022
They wouldn’t feel compelled, like CBS News’ former “abortion access reporter,” to try to balance their news stories.
Science always has another side. That's kind of the point.
— TheMachine (@GimmeFreeStuf14) August 15, 2022
Scientists: what makes science better than religion or cults is that it is ever changing and always accepts criticism, that’s how truth should work.
Same people: any disagreement with ScienceTM is heresy and will be silenced
— rody (@GoodEve199) August 15, 2022
If their "science" and arguments had a leg to stand on, they wouldn't require censorship. This kind of behavior only serves to show which side has the truth.
— Zane (@TheZeenith) August 15, 2022
Science, evidence, and medicine should all be heavily scrutinized, and those who practice medicine and law, or who are in a scientific field should whole heartedly welcome the scrutiny. If you’re ideas are good enough, they’ll hold up to the scrutiny.
— Shon 👆🏻🌵🌵 (@Shon_Hark) August 15, 2022
The same "science, evidence, and medicine" that promoted school closures, masking, and COVID-19 vaccination of children? I'll pass on taking these people at their word, thanks.
— NOT Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenzNOT) August 15, 2022
The leftists hate freedom of speech because then they actually have to justify their insane and immoral beliefs.
— Zach 0uellette (@ZacharyOue13) August 15, 2022
Evil but endemic.
— Peter Kalis (@PeterKalis7) August 15, 2022
There are a lot of sorely mistaken people in the replies who think the only opposition to abortion comes from the religious, and it’s science vs. the invisible man in the sky. You don’t have to believe in God to believe killing a child out of convenience is wrong.
Stories on Facebook chats used to prosecute women for the crime of ‘abortion’ leave out some gruesome details https://t.co/YdXsaaq3Os
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 9, 2022
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