Mollie Hemingway writes:
Last night, reporters were very excited to tweet extensively about an abortion filibuster going on in Texas.
While reporters struggled and struggled and struggled to find any reason at all to cover abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s trial, there was no struggle at all to give extensive coverage to Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibustering of a bill that would protect unborn children who had made it to 20 weeks’ gestation, would require abortion clinics to meet the standards of other ambulatory surgery centers and would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
A sample from Sarah “local crime” Kliff, health policy reporter at the Washington Post:
Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Stop Talking.
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) June 26, 2013
This legislation is happening in the context of increased national awareness of serious problems at abortion clinics around the country, including Gosnell’s “house of horrors” and a Texas clinic run by Douglas Karpen that is accused of being even worse than Gosnell’s, if you can imagine that.