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APP Challenges Media: Hold Dem Candidates Accountable on Abortion Extremism

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, American Principles Project is challenging the news media to hold the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates accountable for their extreme views on abortion.

This comes as Democrats have found themselves in the middle of a number of abortion-related controversies nationwide. In New York, legislation officially legalizing abortion up until birth was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while in Virginia, similar legislation introduced by Democratic state Delegate Kathy Tran and endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam caused an uproar, which was further inflamed by a Northam interview in which he seemed to lend support to infanticide.

In response to these developments, Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, released the following statement challenging the news media to approach the 2020 Democratic presidential field with the same journalistic rigor on the issue of abortion that was applied to the 2012 Republican presidential field:

“In 2012, at the height of the so-called ‘Republican War on Women’, Democrats across the country accused Republicans of holding ‘extreme’ views on abortion. Journalists dutifully covered the issue and made Republicans candidates explain what exactly they meant by ‘pro-life.’

“In 2019, we have already seen the state of New York pass legislation, and other states consider similar legislation, which would allow for abortion up until the very moment of birth. This is an extreme position that is out of step with the views of the American people. And yet the national news media has largely refused to force Democrats to address this position, allowing presidential hopefuls like Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to skate by without answering difficult questions about an issue millions of Americans care deeply about.

“The American experiment works best when a strong, independent free press consistently holds our leaders accountable. However, many in the news media have abandoned this duty in favor of promulgating partisan propaganda. If the news media truly cares about its credibility with the American people, then this moment should provide the perfect opportunity for its redemption.

“We urge journalists to ask all Democratic presidential candidates:

  • Do you support the 40-week bill, allowing abortion up to the moment of birth?
  • Would you have voted in favor of the New York or Virginia bills?
  • Do babies that have been delivered alive, intentionally or not, have a right to live?
  • At what gestational stage should abortion be illegal, if any?”

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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