“EXCLUSIVE: Funeral Held for N.Y. Elementary Teacher Who Died After Abortion”
Because the progressive mainstream media doesn’t find abortion deaths particularly newsworthy, I guess. Why this is so is anyone’s guess.
Viral Read (h/t RSM):
A 10 AM service was held this morning at New York’s Holy Name of Jesus Church for 29 year-old Kindergarten teacher Jennifer McKenna Morbelli. ViralRead was on the scene.
Morbelli died Thursday at Shady Grove Hospital in suburban Montgomery County, Md., after undergoing a late-term abortion performed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart at the Germantown Reproductive Health clinic. Pro-life organizations including Operation Rescue have reported that Morbelli arrived at the clinic late Sunday, Feb. 3, and returned to the clinic for the next three days, including a nine-hour visit on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Morbelli was reportedly rushed to the hospital early Thursday morning and died hours later after suffering “massive internal bleeding,” Operation Rescue reported.
A kindergarten teacher at Church Street Elementary in White Plains, N.Y., Morbelli was married and her pregnancy had been planned; she even named the unborn child Madison Leigh. However, as reported by Jill Stanek, a prenatal test about two weeks ago found “fetal abnormalities” and the decision was made to seek an abortion. Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant and Carhart’s Maryland clinic is one of the few sites that perform such late-term abortions.
State and local officials in Maryland are investigating Morbelli’s death, and Tuesday the state attorney general’s office announced a separate investigation of previous complaints of illegal dumping at the Germantown Reproductive Health clinic. Life News is now reporting that the doctor in question is facing legal action.
Carhart’s abortion practice has long been the subject of controversy. In 2005, one of Carhart’s patients, 19-year-old Christin Gilbert, died after a late-term abortion he performed in Kansas. A Nebraska resident, Carhart was the plaintiff in two abortion-related cases that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Carhart was also featured in the documentary After Tiller, about his associate Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated in 2009. Pro-life organizations have protested repeatedly at Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, Md., about 20 miles outside Washington, D.C.
Most major news organizations have refused to cover the death of Jennifer Morbelli. TheWashington Post has published two articles about the case, a 350-word piece Sunday and a longer article in Tuesday’s edition about a press conference pro-life groups held near the Germantown clinic. The case has also been reported by the Journal News in Westchester County, N.Y., the Gazette in Montgomery County, Md., and the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska.
However, Morbelli’s death has not yet been reported by the New York Times, USA Today, network news channels or the cable news networks for that matter.
“How could any news editor look at the death of Jennifer Morbelli and say, ‘That’s not a story’?” veteran journalist Robert Stacy McCain wrote Tuesday. “This is not merely news, it’s got enough of a human-interest angle to deserve at least a two-hour network special or a magazine cover story.”
I’m not going to assign blame or pass judgment on any of the participants here: I personally reject late-term abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is in imminent danger, but I understand how the prospect of raising a child with potentially serious disabilities can factor in to a decision such as the one made by Ms Morbelli: not because of any inconvenience, necessarily, but because of the emotional trauma that comes with becoming attached to a child who may not be granted a normal life expectancy.
So my interest in this story has more to do with the cultural massaging that media engages in when it chooses to cover stories on, say, the threats to abortion providers and the fundamentalist Christianity followed by some of the pro-life crowd’s most dedicated activists, while ignoring stories that show the potential pitfalls and emotional devastation that can be caused by botched procedures — particularly risky late-term procedures. In this case, two lives were taken.
But rather than investigate the doctor or the clinic or the procedure, which is something you’d expect a journalists to do in cases like these — particularly where a pattern exists — the mainstream press is engaging in omission bias: because Morbelli’s story or any investigation into such procedures could potentially problematize for some people support for an abortion-on-demand pro-life position, one that promotes abortion eligibility without restrictions, a staple of the progressive’s “pro woman” agenda, the mainstream activist press has simply chosen to pretend it isn’t newsworthy, and starve it of oxygen.
This is yet another way by which the legacy press shapes the contours of the national debate on issues like abortion — which doesn’t change many minds, but does create a cultural perception that can influence timid lawmakers and those who don’t wish to be seen as unsophisticated godbotherers.
We may have a free press. But they’ve used that freedom to try to enslave us to a political ideology that can only lead in one direction: authoritarianism. And for that, we should consider them enemies. With Piers Morgan as a kind of belligerent, foppish, self-important poster child for our reasoned disdain.