Look at how this article from the LA Times starts and tell me you can’t figure out where this newspaper stands on this issue.
A first-trimester surgical abortion takes about two minutes. After, patients at the Planned Parenthood clinic here walk down a dimly lighted hall to a small, spare recovery room, where they rest in recliners, a box of tissues by each chair. Most are cleared to go home after 15 minutes.
Thousands of women have safely ended pregnancies at this clinic since it opened in 1987. Conservative lawmakers in Missouri say abortion patients deserve better.
They have enacted the most far-reaching regulations in the nation — dictating the physical layout, staffing and record-keeping policies of any facility that performs five or more abortions a month, including private doctors’ offices that regularly prescribe the abortion pill.
OK. The LA Times would lead you to believe this simple “2 minute” procedure hasn’t ever gone wrong. Hundreds, if not thousands, of women have died from complications due to abortion. But according to the Times it seems like no woman has ever been hurt, especially those who just take the abortion pill.
Let’s go over what the LA Time doesn’t say. In reporting the story, the Times completely omits that since it was approved for use in the United States in 2000, Mifepristone (Mifeprex/RU-486/”the abortion pill”) is “associated with the deaths of at least 8 women, 9 life-threatening incidents, 232 hospitalizations, 116 blood transfusions, and 88 cases of infection. There are more than 950 adverse event cases associated with RU-486 out of only 575,000 prescriptions, at most” (Source, US House of Representatives hearing, May/Oct. 2006 (H/T Newsbusters.org)
And guess what these evil conservatives want; they want the hallways of abortion clinics to be wide enough for ambulance gurneys to maneuver. Is that really too much to ask from a place that performs surgical procedures? Is a little objectivity too much to ask for from the mainstream media?