(News Busters) Polls show American support for abortion restrictions, but that isn’t enough for the networks cover the latest attempts by Congress to pass legislation.
On Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, in a 237-189 vote. Pro-life leaders heralded the passage as a “win for basic human decency.” But Americans wouldn’t know about it by watching the three broadcast networks.
Known as “Micah’s Law,” the bill was sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). Its namesake, Micah Pickering, was born prematurely at 20 weeks (22 weeks gestation), when pro-life organizations report babies can feel pain. Today, Micah is a healthy 5-year-old.
While it’s not certain the bill will pass in the Senate, President Trump has signaled his support for the legislation, should it reach his desk.
During their Oct. 4 morning news shows, ABC, CBS and NBC didn’t mention the vote once. But they found time for others topics like fall fashion deals (NBC Today), a new drama starring Actress Connie Britton (ABC Good Morning America) and puppy-related infections (CBS This Morning).
On Sept. 26, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) first announced the vote at a press conference with pro-life leaders including Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
Pro-Life Leaders Applaud House Vote
Following the Tuesday vote, nationally recognized pro-life leaders applauded the passage of the pain-capable bill…