The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today all refused to run a sensitive and compelling ad, created by the national pro-life group Heroic Media, which shows a hand holding a tiny 24-week-old pre-born baby, and includes the tagline: “This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours. Speak Up.”
Joe Young, executive director of Heroic Media, told Live Action News he was shocked that the newspapers, which have all published stories biased toward a “pro-choice” viewpoint, would reject a paid ad showing the reality of life at 20 weeks. “I am disturbed that these papers would run article after article promoting the notion that abortion is a victimless act without consequences,” Young said. “The fact remains, children who are unique individuals — never again to be duplicated — are being killed in the most violent way imaginable and they feel the excruciating pain of that death.”
The ad campaign was launched just one week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation, which has already been passed in several states, is based on scientific evidence that pre-born babies can feel pain by at least the 20th week of pregnancy. “Science shows that at eight weeks after fertilization, the unborn child reacts to touch, and at 20 weeks, the unborn baby responds to what would be felt as pain,” noted Live Action News.
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