If you've noticed the pro-life side of the abortion debate receives little or no attention when the networks report on the abortion issue, you're not alone.
On Aug. 8, demonstrators and pro-life speakers gathered outside ABC News' Washington, D.C. office to demand fair coverage of abortion by the networks. The "Life March on the Media Rally" was hosted by pro-life advocacy group Live Action.
"There is a sense that abortion rights will be put at risk if the truth is reported about some of these stories. And, that is because there is a pro-abortion bias, I believe, among many in the media," Live Action President Lila Rose said at the rally.
Rose called for a "180 in reporting" on abortion, the "most important human rights abuse of our day." She cited the lack of coverage the issue receives, saying, "Part of the desire to not cover it or to only cover the pro-abortion side is because there's an intuitive understanding there. When you tell the truth about what abortion does to a baby, people get upset." She continued, "And that's the very news that is, in a way, the most important news for ABC and the other groups to censor."
Armed with studies from the Media Research Center, Live Action launched the event in order to "expose the media as collaborators with the abortion industry" who are "depriv[ing] Americans of vital factual information on this gruesome procedure."
Besides Rose, the event attracted speakers such as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek, Americans United for Life President and CEO Charmaine Yoest and The Radiance Foundation Chief Creative Officer Ryan Bomberger, as well as the MRC's own Political Director Christian Robey.
Event organizer Maggen Elizabeth Stone, Live Action youth outreach coordinator and assistant to the president, estimated there were 130-150 participants gathered at the protest. "People continued to arrive and join the crowd all the way up through The Radiance Foundation's Ryan Bomberger, the final speaker," Stone said, adding that there were a "good number of passers-by who stopped to listen before moving on."
Many of the rally participants voiced disgust with the networks, citing examples from the annual March for Life to the trial and murder conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Live Action implemented other strategies to end censorship by sending letters of complaint to ABC, CBS, and NBC, organizing a concurrent Twitter rally, and advertising a petition to end abortion censorship in its latest campaign.