CBS Qualifies Use of “Partial Birth Abortion” for Its Reporters

Ian

CBS News Senior Vice President, Standards and Special Projects Linda Mason, in an email to CBS staff:

"We thought that 'partial birth' is a color phrase for people who are anti-abortion rights," said Mason. "This is a procedure usually done after 20 weeks. Therefore, 'late term' is appropriate. Now, some colleagues have come back to me and questioned this because the name of the law before the Supreme Court is the 'Partial-Birth Abortion.' When people refer to the case, they should call it by the correct name. But a CBS reporter should call the procedure a 'late term abortion.'"

[img_assist|nid=1353|title=Special Series|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=89|height=100]CBS News Senior Vice President, Standards and Special Projects Linda Mason, in an email to CBS staff:

"We thought that 'partial birth' is a color phrase for people who are anti-abortion rights," said Mason. "This is a procedure usually done after 20 weeks. Therefore, 'late term' is appropriate. Now, some colleagues have come back to me and questioned this because the name of the law before the Supreme Court is the 'Partial-Birth Abortion.' When people refer to the case, they should call it by the correct name. But a CBS reporter should call the procedure a 'late term abortion.'"

Whether due to our petition or not, it looks like some members of the MSM are getting it: "partial birth abortion" is a rhetorical phrase, not a medical definition.

(Hat-tip to far-right blog, Newsbusters, for picking this up. Our readers will undoubtedly get a kick out of the comment string on their site. It's worth checking out.)

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Michigan “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” Heads to Governor For Signature

Robin Marty

The bill will ban a procedure that is already banned federally and doesn't really exist.

The Michigan legislature has passed its local “partial birth abortion” ban, and now it heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Via Detroit Free Press:

A proposed state-level ban on a procedure abortion opponents call partial-birth abortion got final legislative approval Wednesday in the Republican-led Legislature and was sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The House approved the bill by a 75-34 vote, and the Senate approved it 29-9.

Snyder is likely to sign the bill if it’s consistent with a federal law that already bans the procedure. Opponents of the legislation said the federal ban makes the Michigan plan redundant.

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The Michigan bills allow the procedure if a physician determines it’s necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life.

It’s always the groups complaining about government waste who want to write laws against things that are already illegal.