I have been trying to figure out one aspect of the story, which was this sequence of paragraphs at the end of the long almost cartoonish defense of abortion that the P.J. Huffstutter/Stephanie Simon bulletin about the threat Judge Alito poses to abortion rights:
The nation’s abortion rate has been falling since the early 1980s. Currently, about 1 million abortions are performed each year in the U.S. Few are done to preserve the woman’s life or physical health; overwhelmingly, women say they seek abortions because they’re not prepared emotionally or financially to raise a child.
That was the case for Elizabeth Friedland, a senior at Indiana University, who said she had an abortion at 18 because she did not want an unplanned pregnancy to interrupt her life.
“If it had been illegal in Indiana, I would have gone as far as I needed to go to have this done,” Friedland said. “I would have left the country if I’d had to.”
Google is a wonderful tool, and by searching “P.J. Huffstatter and Indiana,” we find this notice from a LiveJournal blog on January 17:
17 January 2006 @ 12:27 pm Have you had an abortion? Are you willing to speak about it?
A reporter from the Los Angeles Times is visiting Indiana today to write about Rep. Troy Woodruff’s HB 1096, which would criminalize abortion. The reporter would like to include the stories of women who have had abortions in Indiana, both before and after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
If you’d like to tell your story to the LA Times, please contact reporter P.J. Huffstutter directly before 5pm, January 18, 2006. Call 1-800-LATIMES, or call collect at 312-467-4670. Ask for P.J. Huffstutter.
If you’re willing to tell your story in Indiana media outlets, please contact Planned Parenthood Director of Communications Theresa Browning.
I am screening my comments, so if you want Theresa Browning’s contact info, comment annonymously with your e-mail address.
The idea of calling up Planned Parenthood for assistance in locating stories of women who have had abortions and are certain they did the right thing strikes me as about as likely to yield objective information about abortion case studies as asking a coal company for safety success stories, but perhaps it is the industry standard. You tell me.
Huffstutter has a record of agenda journalism, like this story on the deaths of many Marines from the Ohio town of Brook Park, which ran in July of 2004. It is so biased that Michael Moore carries it on his site.
I will invite Huffstutter tto appear on the program today, but am not optimistic she will accept. Agenda journalists aren’t usually in a hurry to discuss their work.