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Oops, this WaPo reporter wrote a heartwarming pro-life story

It might surprise the reader, but I’d like to start by praising a seemingly pro-choice journalist who works for the mainstream media. For the Washington PostIn fact. Caroline Kitchener wrote a long article for this newspaper which is now getting a lot of attention. But not for the reasons I’m sure his editors had in mind when they assigned him. Having attended many editorial meetings, I can imagine how this one went.

We need an article on this new Texas heartbeat law. How it affects women. Don’t go for a black or Latina woman either. We want a victim of the law who is white, like Republican voters. And we don’t want to appear to regret the birth of non-white children, for heaven’s sake. Planned Parenthood has drawn enough attention to the old opinions of Margaret Sanger. So find a blue-collar white girl who was forced into motherhood and show how this anti-choice law ruined her life.

Or something like that.

A real story of the impact of protective abortion laws

Kitchener got the job and did a great job. His article is a classic example of narrative journalism, full of detail, first-person quotes and source tracking. Kitchener put leather in the shoe, and dozens of hours of work. Everything is seen in the story.

She spoke to a young woman who had requested an abortion in Texas, but was unable to obtain it because her pregnancy was too advanced. There was already a fetal heartbeat, so the Texas abortionists were afraid to take her on. She couldn’t afford to go to New Mexico, as they had suggested. The young woman received an ultrasound at what she didn’t know was a pro-life pregnancy center.

She learned she was pregnant with twins, carried the babies to term, and married the young man who was their father. They are now still married and facing all the hardships of young, working-class parenthood. These include money problems, exhaustion, anxiety, and the sudden abandonment of adolescent freedoms and hobbies.

No more skateboarding all day

In other words, this young couple is dealing with the same life stresses that have accompanied the birth of 99.99999999999% of human beings in history. But they love each other and their twins, and can’t imagine life without them. The young man involved grows up in a hurry and still regrets not being able to work part-time, spending most of his time skateboarding in the park. But he ceased to be a boy and became a man. The young mother has suspended her studies for a while, but she is committed to completing them when she can. They are short of money.

I bet you can’t tell how this story functions as pro-choice propaganda. And that’s the thing. To the journalist’s credit, This is not the case. Not to any normal human being, especially anyone who comes (like me) from a blue-collar family. Money problems (check!), fear of the future (check!), upset daydreams and harsh realities (check!). “By the sweat of your brow you will earn your bread…”.

The journalist was thorough and honest enough to tell the mother’s reaction when she learned that her body was carrying twins with heartbeats: she was delighted. She pushes abortion out of her mind. She engages in motherhood. His mother (who is present and had facilitated an abortion) proclaims it a “miracle”. In their flawed, human ways, her mother and her boyfriend rally together and try to help her. Although they sometimes act like fools – being, after all, people.

God Bless Texas

The result? The story is a powerful testament to the impact of Texas’ heartbeat law, okay. But not the impact that WaPo the publishers no doubt wanted to chronicle it. The sane reader walks away feeling uplifted and happy that these two adorable little Americans are alive and thriving in Texas – instead of being hacked off and sent to a medical dumpster, or cut up to make vaccines.

But I don’t think the journalist is in trouble with her bosses. Because for the target readership of Washington Post, history will indeed read as a tragic example of the tyranny of the red state and the misery of the working class. I mean, this poor young lady had to drop out of night school. She even had to stop working for several months. Meanwhile, the poor boy who impregnated her can no longer fulfill his dream of skating all day.

Now these two little girls face a life as working-class white kids growing up (ewwwwww!) in the Bible Belt. They probably won’t go to boarding school or travel to Europe. Their school arts programs are unlikely to be as vibrant as those on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They’ll live in a state where guns are legal, coaches keep trying to pray during football games, and kids like them can’t be quickly aborted and stuffed down the memory hole.

To WaPo’s target readership, these kids are already in hell.

But I’m glad they’re alive and among my fellow Americans. And I’m proud of my new home, Texas.

If you want to help this young family who have benefited from Texas law thrive, check out the Tweet below from pro-life activist Lila Rose.

John Zmirak is editor at The flow and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government”.



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