Scientists, zoo officials and panda fans everywhere sat on the edges of their seats last week to watch the drama of a panda birth unfold at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
The panda mother, named Mei Ziang, gave birth to one panda cub excitedly described as “vibrant, healthy, and active” by CBS News. A second cub was stillborn, an event described by observers quoted in the Baltimore Sun with words such as “sadness,” “pure sorrow,” and “terror.” Other news outlets alternatively heaped praise on the zoo for the successful birth, or sad condolences for the loss of the second cub.
I don’t want to take anything away from the sadness people experienced at the loss of the cub, nor for the wonder of the birth of one of these endangered animals. Whenever that occurs, it’s an amazing event.
But where are the news outlets when these daily joys and tragedies occur with human babies? In Washington, D.C., for example, within blocks of the White House itself, unborn babies –human babies – are killed in a facility through 24 weeks of age, well beyond the age unborn babies can first feel pain. Yet we hear no outcry.
And it’s not just late abortions, as tragic as they are for the babies who suffer them. With Washington D.C. having no legal limits on abortion, the city has one of the highest abortion rates in the country.
I don’t see CBS News or the Baltimore Sun decrying this scandal and the irreplaceable loss of these children the way they lament the loss of a panda cub, as sad as that is. I don’t see news outlets covering the injuries and hurt women are suffering from these abortions, the pain many unborn babies feel when they’re dismembered, or the targeting of minority communities with abortion advertising.
You’d think a good, solid exposé on any of these subjects would bring journalistic awards and praise for excellence in investigative reporting. But all we hear is silence. It seems nobody in the mainstream media is willing to speak for the unborn. At least, not if they’re human unborn.