On the March 1 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said, “I am shocked to see that in the news almost every day now we are talking about late-term abortion.”
In reality, Fox News, and Fox & Friends in particular, has been the drum major of the conservative movement on this topic, driving a sensationalized and inaccurate narrative since January over some states moving to protect access to abortion later in pregnancy. Fox News has falsely asserted that these states want to allow abortions on the “day of birth,” “up to the moment of birth,” and even as someone is “dilating, right there at the time of birth.” But such characterizations are highly inaccurate and Fox News’ references to abortions performed later in pregnancy ignore that those abortions are extremely rare and often medically necessary. In other instances, anti-abortion restrictions make it impossible to access desired earlier abortion care.
President Donald Trump has adopted these lies from his favorite network and has promoted the same talking points on Twitter and in his 2019 State of the Union address. The Republicans are also hoping to make this anti-choice misinformation a priority talking point of their 2020 strategy.
Kilmeade may be “shocked to see” so much discussion of this topic, but Fox News has been consistently driving a harmful and inaccurate narrative about abortion and people who have them, with seemingly little regard for the consequences.