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Texas Abortion Politics Gets Reporter Fired

Texas Abortion Politics Gets Reporter Fired

Earlier this month, the Texas Observer carried the story of one woman’s shocking experience with Texas abortion laws.

It was that story which inspired the recent Doonesbury cartoon series which 47 newspapers chose to censor.

The Observer interviewed Carolyn Jones, a working mother, married, who had been told of deformities in the fetus of her second child. After agonizing, she felt she had no choice but to end the pregnancy. What followed was a special hell.

After already having visited several doctors, when she finally got to an agency that performed abortions, she was told that she must have a sonogram, per the new law, in order to shame her into hearing a heartbeat. She wrote:

“I don’t want to have to do this at all,” I told her. “I’m doing this to prevent my baby’s suffering. I don’t want another sonogram when I’ve already had two today. I don’t want to hear a description of the life I’m about to end. Please,” I said, “I can’t take any more pain.” I confess that I don’t know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

Jones added:

“But what good is the view of someone who has never had to make your terrible choice? What good is a law that adds only pain and difficulty to perhaps the most painful and difficult decision a woman can make?”

Reporter Scott Braddock of KROI News 92FM in Houston, followed up on the story and interviewed Jones, who retold her harrowing story. It seems that the station didn’t like giving this woman a platform, as they fired the reporter.

The station claims Braddock was fired for appearing on another local station, run by Pacifica Radio, allegedly in violation of a non-compete agreement.

Braddock, however, told Raw Story that he never signed such an agreement, and that management had never taken issue before with his other appearances in various media. “I’m not an attorney, but that sounds like a stretch,” he said.

What’s happened since is pretty interesting — he’s received support from all sides, even ‘pro-life’ groups.

“I have had support, since I was fired, from big labor and the tea party,” Braddock said. “When does that ever happen? When in the world have you heard Planned Parenthood and groups like Texas for Life in total agreement on something? They agree that I’m a fair journalist and that I should be on the radio.”

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5:14AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state....

9:59PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I feel for anyone that discovers that their unborn child has serious health issues that would make their life one of pain and suffering. It is always a heartbreaking choice for a parent that faces either a lifetime of caring for a severely disabled child or to end the pregnancy. Either way, it is the mother's choice. It is her body and her life. I had a son who was autistic. Even though he was at the high end, he still required a lot of care. He passed away when he was ten years old and there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss him but I know the difficulties caring for a child with moderate special needs, so caring for a chld with severe disabilities would be so much harder. At the end though it comes down to this, what quality of life does a very disabled child have? Is it kinder to end it before the child is born or bring a child into the world only to suffer? These are hard questions but ones that need to be pondered at least instead of condemning the mother for her choice.

10:42PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I am pro-life as long as the law allows abortions for those that are raped, victims of incest, mothers health, severe baby health issues not compatible with life. I am a nurse and a christian. So I know some women use abortion as birth control and do not think twice about aborting a baby, I also know women who pray long and hard and cry over deciding to abort a baby because either they will die if they continue the pregnancy or the baby would die with in a few days to a couple years after birth. I know after living in pain for 10 years I could not subject a child willingly to that type of pain for a brief life.

11:15AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I find it quite odd that Steve P. has NO PROFILE.
I KNEW I was going to feed the troll, yes, I mean YOU, Steve P, but I had NO idea you really were an empty space as well!

I recently posted a very long response to you fetus freaks and NOT A SINGLE ONE of you answered my questions!
I didn't really expect answers because NONE OF YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS!

SO BEFORE I repost that entire comment of mine again, to shut all of you fetus freaks up again..... Since you, and I am specifically calling out Steve P, the one with NO PROFILE, say that the fetus this poor woman was carrying was really viable. (Although all legitimate medical science says otherwise)
HOW MANY EXTREME SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN HAVE YOU ADOPTED???
AND I WANT VALID PROOF NOT EASILY MADE UP INTERNET LIES!!!

IF you don't have one naturally (meaning you and your wife already had a special needs child of your own) PLUS one you "saved" from some heathen who was going to abort; then shut the hell up!!!!

Oh and by the way... I am happy to address that same question and sentiment to any and ALL of you that have the gall and audacity to sit there in judgement yet not have a single answer to the questions I asked today or just a few days ago. Until any of you do then shut up and stop shoving your beliefs down our throats.

Our bodies, our choice, our right.

5:24AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Steve P., you idiot, this was a nonviable fetus. The decision Carolyn Jones and her husband made to end this wanted pregnancy was obviously a painful one. But she thought she would try to end the suffering of her fetus by ending the pregnancy. Furthermore, not everyone has the capacity--emotional, financial, and psychological--to care for a disabled child. And not many people are willing to adopt special-needs children. If you are, more power to you.

When its YOUR wife enduring a pregnancy that is not going to result in a healthy baby or YOUR wife whose life is threatened by a pregnancy, are you going to insist she carry the pregnancy to term because "killing babies is wrong"?

3:16AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Where is this Texas place? The middle ages?

6:37PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

This woman is right, and I would do the same thing. I applaud parents who can care for a handicapped child - they are wonderful people and I hope they have the means to take care of them fully. I am not someone who can care for a child like this, and let's be honest, who is going to adopt it?

6:35PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

A pro-life station is just the sort that needs to carry Carolyn Jones' story. Most listeners to pro-choice stations already know about the realities of non-viable pregnancies and fetuses that simply can't survive. It's the "pro-life" side who still needs to learn about those hard realities. They need to know that abortion is not a light-hearted choice, that their assumption that only uncaring tramps chooses abortion and the "convenience" of abortions is all myth.

They are the ones who need to hear the truth; they just don't want to.

5:58PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Sue the bbastards and I hope you win.

12:52PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I guess the station is pro life..go figure..they probably get donations from repubs

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