During this year’s March for Life, media should ask critical questions of the anti-choice movement and provide context about the impacts of abortion restrictions it espouses.
On January 24, the annual anti-abortion rally will take place in Washington, D.C., with the theme: “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” But rather than adopting policies that “empower,” abortion opponents actually promote extreme limitations on individual choices, including advocating for the overturning of Roe v. Wade or almost complete bans on abortion with no exceptions for pregnancies as the result of rape or incest.
When media outlets cover the March for Life or interview abortion opponents this year, they should explain or ask guests about the actual consequences these restrictions will impose on people trying to access abortion. For example, the Center for Reproductive Rights has explained that the Supreme Court overturning Roe would mean:
Almost half of the states likely would enact new laws that are as restrictive as possible or seek to enforce current, unconstitutional laws prohibiting abortion. States would then be divided into abortion deserts, where it would be illegal to access care, and abortion havens, where care would continue to be available. Millions of people living in abortion deserts, mainly in the South and Midwest, would be forced to travel to receive legal care, which would result in many more people being unable to access abortion for a variety of financial and logistical reasons.