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Americans Divided On Abortion Issues, But Media Nearly Unanimous In Support

The American public is deeply divided on abortion issues, yet media outlets are nearly unanimous in supporting the procedure up until the minute of birth (or shortly after).
The Washington Free Beacon analyzed editorials in states that passed abortion laws. Just one newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia, endorsed a pro-life bill that restricted abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected.
In 2018, Gallup asked how many Americans identified as “pro-choice” versus “pro-life.” U.S. adults were evenly split, with 48% saying they considered themselves to be “pro-choice” and the same percentage saying they were “pro-life.” In 2019, Gallup found that a higher percentage of women considered themselves to be “pro-life,” contrary to the claims of pro-abortion activists and Democrat politicians.
Gallup interviewed 480 women and found that 43% considered themselves “pro-choice” while 51% said they were “pro-life.” Of the 529 men who were interviewed, 48% said they were “pro-choice” while 46% said they were “pro-life.” Age was also a major factor in support for abortion. Younger Americans overwhelmingly consider themselves pro-choice, but those numbers reverse the older one gets.
As for particular abortion issues, specifically the timing of an abortion, Americans are clear. Gallup asked people when abortion should be legal and as with previous similar polls, found that Americans largely support abortion during the first trimester but not subsequent trimesters. Sixty percent supported abortions during the first three months of pregnancy, while just 28% supported abortions during the second trimester and only 13% supported them during the third trimester.
Americans support abortion exceptions for life of the mother, rape or incest, and if the child would be born with a life-threatening illness. Still, these exceptions received less support in the third trimester than the first.
Despite the views of the American people, media outlets in states that passed abortion laws overwhelmingly favored pro-abortion views, the Beacon found.
“A total of 21 papers from 12 different states condemned heartbeat bills, which are set to go into effect in Georgia and Missouri in 2019. Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Ohio also signed heartbeat bills into law. Alabama banned abortion in all stages of pregnancy, except for when the mother's life is in danger,” the Beacon reported.
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The St. Cloud Times, the Seattle TimesNative Sun News Todayand the Register-Guard all condemned the wave of successful heartbeat bills in 2019. The editorials boards of newspapers with large national circulations, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New York Daily Newsand the Los Angeles Times, also registered their opposition.
One newspaper has stood against the universal condemnation from its peer. The Augusta Chronicle of Georgia is the only local newspaper that came out in support for heartbeat legislation. Editorial Page editor Joe Hotchkiss said local news sources better reflect the beliefs of readers than national outlets.
"I think generally that smaller local media do a better job in maintaining objectivity in straight news coverage, and keeping opinions clearly separate," he said. "On the national level, it appears more difficult. Objectivity doesn't seem to draw huge audiences, but partisanship does."
The Beacon noted that the Chicago Tribune had previously opposed two abortion bills — one because it removed a ban on legalizing abortion up to the minute of birth.
Conversely, papers in states that removed restrictions on abortions — such as allowing them to be done up until the minute of birth — received support from local newspapers, the Beacon found.

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