Abortion access not at risk in Massachusetts

Abortion access not at risk in Massachusetts

PE Bias Grade : N/A

By: Allen Nitschelm on September 24, 2020 | Editorial Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Case for securing abortion access in Massachusetts grows
Date 09/24/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A10 )
Syndicated From N/A
Journalist BG Editorial Board
Article Summary

Boston Globe editorializes on the need to immediately pass more abortion-rights legislation in Massachusetts.

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I recently wrote that I have almost stopped reading the Boston Globe editorial pages because they are so biased, and my main focus is on their news articles, where they often (but not always) break the rules of journalism by publishing biased news. But after doing an Editorial Review just the other day, I happened to read the Globe’s lead editorial today and must respond again.

Here is how the editorial starts:

Last year, the fight to protect abortion rights in this state seemed a bit theoretical. After all, this is Massachusetts, right? What more needs to be said?

But with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the likelihood of her replacement by a far more conservative justice, the threat to abortion rights is serious. (emphases mine).

In regards to abortion, the Globe purposely conflates the potential overturn of Roe v Wade nationally with what would happen in Massachusetts, which is apparently nothing.

In other words, if Roe v Wade is no longer the federal law, the state law protecting abortion rights in Massachusetts would still apply. Here is the proof for anyone interested: https://reproductiverights.org/what-if-roe-fell

Yet the Globe obscures this fact in its editorial, arguing that a law that would greatly expand abortion rights should be immediately passed because of Trump’s Supreme Court pick. This is simply untrue.

Instead, the proposed law would allow abortions after 24 weeks and would also eliminate parental notification or a judge’s assent for minors, which are two major changes to the current law.

Personally, I happen to be pro-choice because I believe in the supremacy of individual liberty. But minors need to have parental involvement (or a judge’s permission) because they are not yet adults. And abortions when the fetus could survive on its own is just too close to killing a baby to make me comfortable with it. There is a balancing act between individual liberty and the rights of the unborn.

The Globe is obviously pro-choice, and that is it’s editorial prerogative. But their journalistic duty is to use true facts to support their editorializing, not facts they make up or obscure to fool people into thinking that Massachusetts residents would no longer have access to abortion if President Trump is successful in seating a new Justice on the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


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