Rep. Jody Hice: How the media subtly vilifies the pro-life movement
It should come as no surprise that the media misleads through pithy soundbites and flashy headlines on a daily basis. We’ve all seen it and, maybe, on occasion, fallen victim to this misinformation. Rhetoric matters. It determines the outcome of debates and shapes public perception of key policy issues.
However, one of the greatest deceptions that has been put before the public is the idea that “pro-life” is synonymous simply with “anti-abortion.” When searching for “pro-life,” the Google results for the term are listed under “the anti-abortion movement.” Major news outlets, such as the Associated Press and NPR, have notoriously encouraged their writers to use terms such as “abortion rights” and “anti-abortion” in their articles.
There is a critical yet subtle distinction between these two labels. “Anti-abortion” implies that those who support the pro-life movement are only invested in banning the practice of abortion. This premise is simply not true. The mislabel ignores the fundamental mission of the pro-life movement to champion life at all stages of development.
In truth, the call to protect the sanctity of human life does not apply only to the unborn. It is a mission that extends from conception to adolescence to old age to death. Across our country, there are countless pro-life organizations and nonprofit groups that are serving as the voice for the voiceless of all ages.
On Jan. 22, 2020, President Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life rally in Washington. He declared that “every life brings love.” Thousands of students, teachers, nuns, pastors, priests, and families came together to march in Washington to reaffirm the cause for life. Those who marched did so to spread the message of the inherent human dignity and honor of the more than 60 million who have been lost or who never had a chance at life.
As a co-chairman of the Values Action Team, which is dedicated to advancing policies of faith, family, and freedom in Congress, I will continue to fight nonstop to protect the right to life and build on efforts to end the scourge of abortion that has plagued our nation for too many years. Therefore, I have introduced House Resolution 50 to memorialize the unborn by lowering the U.S. flag to half-staff on Jan. 22 each year. This day will be recognized as the “Day of Tears” as we mourn the loss of God’s greatest gift.
To say the pro-life movement is “anti-abortion” denies that we equally care about the mother and preborn babies, as well as children who have been born into difficult circumstances. Our cornerstone belief is that life is a gift from God and ought to be protected. This commitment to life and activism in our communities both go a long way in protecting the weakest members of our society.
Congressman Jody Hice is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th Congressional District, serving in his third term. He serves as the communications chair for the House Freedom Caucus, and is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Natural Resources Committee.
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