Monday, August 24, 2015

Media coverage of the Planned Parenthood protests

On Saturday, pro-lifers across the country peacefully protested outside hundreds of Planned Parenthoods, calling for the industrial purveyor of abortion to be defunded in the wake of damning videos from the Center for Medical Progress. (Watch the videos or, if that’s too gruesome, read the transcripts at Here's how the media reacted:

LifeNews: Thousands of Pro-Life People Protest at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics in Over 350 Cities

Live Action News: Pro-life advocates line sidewalks nationwide outside 300+ Planned Parenthood centers

Breitbart: National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood to Be Held in Over 320 Cities, 5 Other Nations

Washington Post: Thousands protest outside Planned Parenthood clinics around the country

Reuters: Anti-abortion protesters rally at Planned Parenthood sites

ThinkProgress: Thousands Rallied to Defund Planned Parenthood. This is What They Look Like.

Jezebel: Thousands Rally Across the Country to Protest Planned Parenthood

Despite coming from sources that tend to have very different perspectives, these headlines are pretty consistent. But a look at the first lines of each article shows a little more variety: "tens of thousands"/"thousands"/[no number given] "pro-life advocates"/"anti-abortion protesters" against Planned Parenthood "abortion clinics"/"facilities"/"clinics," also described as "the controversial health-care organization" or "one of the country's largest health providers."

LifeNews: "Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates across the country — perhaps as many as 50-75,000 people in all — protested at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics..."

Live Action News: "Almost half of the 668 Planned Parenthood facilities in the nation were flooded with pro-life protesters Saturday in a nationwide effort."

Breitbart: "#ProtestPP, is a coalition headed by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, 40 Days for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League, and is co-sponsored by more than 50 state and national pro-life organizations, states a press release."

Washington Post: "Thousands of antiabortion activists descended upon Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday to participate in a nationwide protest aimed at cutting off federal funding for the controversial health-care organization."

Reuters: "Thousands of anti-abortion protesters on Saturday demonstrated at Planned Parenthood sites around the United States where they called for the federal government to end funding for the health organization."

ThinkProgress: "On Saturday, thousands of anti-abortion protestors demonstrated in front of Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the nation, calling for the defunding of one of the country’s largest health providers."

Jezebel: "Anti-abortion activists held protests in front of Planned Parenthood clinics across the country on Saturday."

What other media coverage did you see?

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