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.
“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.
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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