FLASHBACK: Nets Reacted to Last Pro-Life Win By Weeping for ‘Devastated’ Abortion Groups

The leakage of a Supreme Court draft opinion revealed the shocking outcome of this week’s events. Last time this happened at the Supreme Court the networks lamented how “devastated” pro-abortion groups were. 

On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court upheld a ban against partial birth abortion. The ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts all fixated on the new “restriction,” not a pro-life win. On ABC’s World News, Jan Crawford (now with CBS) lamented, “Scores of women gathered at the Supreme Court to protest. Abortion rights activists were devastated.” 

She worried, “Today’s decision represents a seismic shift. For the first time since Roe versus Wade, the court said the government could ban a specific type of abortion procedure.”



Demonstrating liberal fear of the future, NBC Nightly News journalist Chip Reid explained that “abortion rights activists worry this may be only the start of a campaign to limit abortion rights. 

The MRC Vice President for Research and Publications Brent Baker explained at the time: 

CBS and ABC had stories that were less balanced than CBS. They gave roughly equal amounts of quotes from advocates and justices, but added another pro-partial abortion viewpoint. ABC’s Greenburg featured the view of an “abortion provider” and CBS’s Andrews showcased a woman, whose baby would have suffered and died after birth, who had a partial-birth abortion and, in tears, declared: “It’s wrong for this law to exist at all. Nobody could agonize over the decision more than my husband and I did.”

Although the Supreme Court’s decision was controversial and unsettling, journalists were not as outraged as in 2022, when Roe vs. Wade had been overturned by the Supreme Court. As they promote the left-leaning pro-abortion side, journalists are trying to conceal their shock. 

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