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The Cardinal Newman Society joined with 16 pro-life organizations, two members of Congress and the Media Research Center (MRC) this week to call on media networks and journalists to offer fair coverage of this year’s March for Life and refrain from any kind of undue censorship.
“Thousands of pro-life school and college students join the March for Life every year, often traveling hundreds of miles in buses to declare themselves the pro-life generation,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in the coalition’s press statement. “Any objective reporter would see the news value in this and be on the ground, getting interviews and reporting on this extraordinary youth activism for ‘traditional’ values.”
Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who is also chairman of the Media Fairness Caucus, were the two Congressmen joining the plea to media outlets. National Director of Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone, who is currently embroiled in a religious freedom lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraceptive “HHS Mandate,” had his own thoughts on the motivations driving media networks.
“Perhaps the mainstream media stays away from the March for Life because of a perception that it is old news, but nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “Every year there is breaking news at the March for Life, and Americans who depend on the media deserve to know it.”
In addition to its call to media outlets, The Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues launched its #CoverTheMarch campaign as a social media effort to demand that the media cover this year’s March for Life, and do so fairly.
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