After the Thaw

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Teresa Tomeo on Jan 27, 2014
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March for Life - ColdAs I continue to defrost and thaw out from the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, I have had a chance to reflect on being once again among hundreds of thousands of pro -life activists. I have served as a field correspondent for several years now. Each year I am encouraged, inspired, and motivated by those in attendance who brave the frigid January weather to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. I am grateful for the opportunity and proud of EWTN for the time, effort, and money they put into covering this massive pro- life rally and March.

This year, however, something was different. First of all, it wasn’t just braving the cold this time around; it was braving a major blizzard; a blizzard that blanketed the northeast with several inches of snow and temperatures below zero, that were by far the most brutal in the last few years.

Secondly, there was something different with the secular media coverage. While it was far from where it should be, given how abortion is still such a hotly debated issue especially recently as it relates to the HHS mandate and healthcare in general, there were some very significant reports, editorials, debates, and panel discussions on the national network level. CNN for example did quite an extensive story on-line, and during programming following the March. CNN’s Crossfire featured a debate on the abortion issue with the dynamic Lila Rose from Live Action going head to head with staunch pro-abortion advocates. I can’t remember the last time the abortion issue was debated on CNN rather than treated like an accepted and viable “option” or “reproductive right.” It has always seemed that these outlets considered abortion a done deal. And Fox News, despite it being much more open to presenting conservative voices, has also had disappointing March for Life coverage up until this year’s gathering. Maybe the network was motivated by the horrors of the Gosnell trial. But again something was different at Fox as well, with a powerful editorial by Brit Hume, a strong panel discussion on Bret Baier’s program, and additional coverage with Sean Hannity, Megan Kelly, and more.

Something was indeed different this year. So while those of us who made it to D.C to stand for life are still thawing out, maybe the media are finally warming up to the idea that it’s not only the March for Life that needs to be covered, but the life issues in general. Let’s pray their eyes have indeed been open to the civil rights issue of our day.