Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Blaze's Misleading Abortion Headline

In a speech on the House floor, California congresswoman Jackie Speier made it public that she had experienced an abortion procedure, and she urged people to stop politicizing women's health.

“Last night, I spoke on the House floor about a painful time in my life when the pregnancy that my husband and I prayed for was unsuccessful,” Speier said in a statement Friday evening. “I had what’s called dilation and evacuation or d & e. The fetus slipped from my uterus into my vagina and could not survive. Today some news reports are implying that I wanted my pregnancy to end, but that is simply not true. I lost my baby.”

Some of those who tried to capitalize on Speier's comments and spin them to make her appear like she had done something wrong was Glenn Beck's website The Blaze - the following headline appeared on his website:

The language used int eh headline is ridiculous.  Why is it shocking and the use of the word "admit," as if she was being accused of doing something wrong? 

Speier had a complication with her pregnancy that required an abortion, but if conservatives get their way, even medical necessary procedures such as the one Speier received would become extremely costly for the individual, inaccesible, or if Republicans get their way, illegal.

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