Proabortion media bias distorts government hearing

Pro-lifer William Brennan tells the following story illustrating media bias:

“On April 24 and 25, 1981, 8 medical scientists testified before a Senate subcommittee convened to examine the nature of intra-uterine existence and it beginnings. 7 of them provided compelling scientific-based evidence that the entity within the womb is an actual human being from conception onward. Only one individual, Yale University geneticist Dr. Leon E. Rosenberg, portrayed the beginning of life before birth and therefore the humanness of the unborn as simply a “question” and not a “scientific matter.”

An article which appeared in the New York Times of April 25, 1981, included not only extensive coverage of Dr. Rosenberg’s remarks, but also his picture. None of the testimony of those who presented the scientific case for the humanity of the unborn was quoted. Dr. Rosenberg was described in glowing terms: “one of the nation’s leading geneticists” and “chairman of the department of Medicine and former president of the American Society of Human Genetics.

In contrast, the article contains little or no information whatsoever about the outstanding credentials and achievements of the 7 scientists who contradicted Dr. Rosenberg’s excursions into mythology, especially Dr. Jerome Lejeune, Professor of Fundamental Genetics at the University René Descartes in Paris. Not only is Dr. Lejeune regarded by many as the world’s leading geneticist, his achievements are considered so monumental that he had even been nominated for a Nobel prize. Obviously, this is the kind of information a reporter finds it convenient to omit, particularly when it is so potentially disruptive to the overriding image being projected of the unborn as a question rather than a human being.”

William Brennan The Abortion Holocaust: Today’s Final Solution (St. Louis, Missouri, 1983)

The article Brennan is referring to is Bernard Weinraub “Senator Agrees to Extend Hearings on Abortion Bill” New York Times April 25, 1981, p 7

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