FREDERICKSBURG VA (5-19-19) –
In October, at the request of the producers of the CNN documentary “United Shades of America”, Students for Life of America employee Elizabeth Parker drove to Jackson, Mississippi to film an interview. A few hundred dollars of travel expenses and many (otherwise productive) hours later, the interview was filmed and Elizabeth returned home to Nashville, awaiting the premiere of the ‘United Shades’ episode that claimed a goal of exploring both sides of the abortion debate.
The May 19th premiere came… and no Elizabeth. In fact, they did not include any pro-life interviews at all. “I’m very disappointed at the dishonesty exhibited by the people who asked me to take time out of my schedule to do this project,” Elizabeth commented. “They said that the goal of the episode was to take a look at both sides of the abortion debate. I went, gave them my time, and got cut for my trouble – as did the rest of the pro-life invitees. Clearly, they only wanted to portray abortion positively.”
Just about all of the pro-life material that was supposed to be included in the episode was cut, including clips from pro-life advocates outside of a local abortion facility. The absence of Elizabeth, a prominent pro-life African-American leader, was especially telling since a focus of the piece was African-American abortionist Willie Parker, who commits countless abortions in southern minority communities as part of his so-called “Christian duty.”
“Elizabeth tells the truth about abortion to her generation, following in the footsteps of her parents who for years have operated a pregnancy care center to help young mothers in Nashville,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. “Not to mention, given the extremely high loss of African-American life to abortion, Elizabeth was an important part of this story on how abortion impacts this community. Choosing to highlight the pro-abortion figure instead was no accident.
Unfortunately, this behavior isn’t surprising. The media are constantly bending over backwards to portray abortion in a positive light, aided and abetted by pro-abortion politicians with Planned Parenthood money in their pockets. We hope the next media opportunity that comes our way is more respectful of our time and more interested in taking a balanced look at the issue.”
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Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1220 groups on college and high school campuses in all 50 states.