CBS This Morning on Thursday reacted to the big, breaking news that the Supreme Court has refused to halt Texas’s bill banning abortion after six weeks. Reporter Ben Tracy dismissed it as stopping abortion “once a so-called fetal heartbeat is detected.” He also spun the move by the Court’s conservatives as “contradictory” and “stunning” to liberals.
Co-host Vlad Duthiers blared, “Abortion rights supporters are protesting the law, calling it unconstitutional.” Reporter Ben Tracy dismissed, “The Texas law bans abortions once a so-called ‘fetal heartbeat’ is detected, usually around six weeks. It also seemingly contradicts the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which guarantees abortion until fetal viability, which is about 22 to 24 weeks.”
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He cited the liberal dissent without reading from the conservative majority: “In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the Court’s decision stunning. She says this Texas law flouts nearly 50 years of federal precedent.”
To his credit, Tracy did feature two interview clips with Elizabeth Graham, the vice president of Texas’s Right to Life. She presented an upcoming abortion case at the Supreme Court as a choice:
The justices will either have to strike down Roe or say that life can be protected at this stage. And if life can be protected at this stage, we thereby concede that Roe was a judicial concoction and is no longer the law or precedent of the land.
On Wednesday, the networks breathlessly huffed about the “uproar” over the “controversial” law, “one of the strictest bans in the country.”
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LifeNews.com Note: Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing writer to NewsBusters, its blog where this item first appeared. Scott’s blogs have been featured in the “Inside Politics” section of the Washington Times and linked to on the Drudge Report. He is a graduate of George Mason University. This originally appeared at Newsbusters.
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