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Pro-life activists have taken issue with Planned Parenthood news content director Kate Smith’s claim on CNN Sunday that equal media coverage of the pro-life and pro-life protests and support abortion afterwards Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade is a “distortion of facts” because the majority of Americans support legal abortion.
“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter asked Smith, who previously worked for CBS News, to comment on the split-screen coverage of individuals cheering and mocking the Court’s decision. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, a 1973 court ruling that legalized abortion.
“It’s a 50-50 split. Isn’t that really misleading? Doesn’t that really distort?” Stelter asked.
“Sure, Brian,” Smith said. “It’s a complete distortion of the facts we know about people’s perceptions of access to abortion, and specifically the legality of abortion.”
“We know that eight out of 10 Americans want an abortion to be legal,” she said. “So when you put that split screen on, you know one person loves it, one person hates it, which completely ignores the truth.”
Eight in 10 Americans approve of legalized abortion, but “the vast majority” also believe there should be at least some restriction to the procedure, a Gallup survey from September said. 2020 shows.
Pro-life activists pushed back on Smith’s story around the statistics, as well as her assertions about the media.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told Fox News Digital: “The problem with such claims is the lack of follow-up questions because if you like any limits on abortion, then the you never liked Roe. “Abortion won’t be the Democrats’ ticket out of the electoral mess they’ve created, because ending innocent lives isn’t really a positive agenda. With the Supreme Court now gone, a heated debate will ensue over unsupported past claims of so-called pro-all abortion.”
Hawkins pointed to a Marist poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus in January showing that at least 7 in 10 Americans want abortions limited. The poll found that 17% of Americans want an abortion at any time during their pregnancy, while 12% think abortion should only be allowed during the first six months of pregnancy. Twenty-two percent said abortion should only be done during the first trimester of pregnancy, and 49 percent of Americans responded that abortion should only be allowed in rare cases, or never at all.
Hawkins added that the Student for Life for Advancement in Life poll of Millennials and Gen Z found that eight out of 10 people want a voice and vote on abortion, which Roe “not given because it puts power in the hands of the courts.”
Penny Nance, CEO and president of Women Concerned America, found it amusing when Smith complained about misinformation when, she said, the media was “complicit” in it. abortion insurance for many decades.
“It is ironic that a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood complains about the coverage, when for nearly 50 years the media has been complicit in fraudulent abortion, calling abortion advocates flowery. America is a ‘pro-choice’ when we know it’s a woman’s worst possible choice. “The majority of Americans know the truth and are pro-life, 71 % believe in abortion restrictions and since Roe sued Wade became law in 1973.”
Nance continued: “It’s not just abortion advocates but the media on their side, Planned Parenthood has received billions of dollars from the federal government. “Government funding of abortion giant Planned Parenthood needs to end immediately, and we’re calling on Congress to direct those funds to pregnancy centers, foster care resources, and more.” foster care and adoption at the Department of Health and Human Services, and do more to help women in need.”
Eric J. Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, cited his own team’s data to protest Smith’s inclusion. He said her claim that the majority supported the Roe “regime” was “simply false.”
“All the survey data we have shows that Americans are deeply divided on abortion, with about 20% on both sides saying that abortion should always be legal or never legal and The remaining 60% support some legal abortion and some restrictions – including many that are not allowed under Roe v. Wade,” he told Fox Digital. “The Mississippi law upheld in the Dobbs ruling, which banned abortions after 15 weeks, is actually more permissive than the laws of most European countries and supported by a majority of Americans. The claim that the majority of Americans support it. Roe’s abortion regime is simply wrong and doesn’t match the actual poll data we have, nor the political movement in half of America’s states to restrict abortion, won’t work. without significant public support in those states.”
Smith quits CBS News in July 2021 so she can speak out more strongly about abortion rights. She has concealed “access to abortion” to CBS since October 2018, where she was criticized by conservatives for appearing biased.
“Now that I’m not a reporter, I can be frank about my own opinion on reproductive rights,” Smith tweeted about her decision. “I’ll say this: Roe v Wade’s access to abortion is slowly disappearing across the South and Midwest for low-income women, with or without access. And it’s more or less in the spotlight. “
Smith did not respond to a request for comment.