Katie Yoder is Associate Culture Editor, the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow at Media Research Center
Katie Yoder works as the associate culture editor for the Media Research Center. As the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, Katie's coverage has been instrumental on a variety of issues in relation to the media including family, entertainment and religion, with a special focus on feminisim, including abortion. Katie has covered life issues from the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to the media coverage of the March for Life and Women's March. Her work has received attention from numerous media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, EWTN, HLN, and One America News Network. Katie has spoken on these issues in both radio and TV appearances. Before her current position, Katie interned at The Heritage Foundation after graduating from the University of Virginia with a major in English and a minor in Foreign Affairs.
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Comedians aren’t joking about the Supreme Court’s latest decision on abortion and free speech. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided that California can’t force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion. Justices voted 5 – 4 in the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra case that challenged California’s 2015 FACT Act.
Sony Pictures Classics is releasing a new film starring Peter Fonda as scheduled – following the actor’s tweet threatening to “rip” the president’s 12-year-old son “from his mother’s arms” and place him in a “cage with pedophiles.” Not everyone has been so lucky after other obscene tweets (think: Roseanne Barr).
Although the entertainment industry often mocks Christianity, it’s applauding a song popular among Christians after one 13-year-old’s performance. On Tuesday night, Jeffrey Li sang a rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” in an audition for America’s Got Talent.
Taking children from their parents is wrong – whether they’re born or unborn. But many in Hollywood and the media are accusing pro-lifers of only focusing on the unborn while, at the same time, they only focus on the born. Following reports of children separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally, many celebrities and media attacked the pro-life movement for caring about unborn babies but not “actual” and “living” children.
Separating children from their parents is wrong – including when they’re in the womb. But don’t expect actress and producer Lena Dunham to understand that. Dunham once publicly wished she had an abortion, so her moral compass isn’t exactly stellar.
Teen viewers of 13 Reasons Why will get a taste of abortion on top of suicide and graphic sexual assault, according to one main actress. On Friday, actress Anne Winters revealed to Elite Daily that the popular Netflix highschool show will bring up abortion in the third season “for sure.” Winters plays Chloe, a cheerleader and girlfriend to Bryce.
Pope Francis is wrong, according to one famed atheist and media-beloved figure. Abortion is about avoiding “human suffering,” not eugenics. Over the weekend, CNN and The Associated Press reported that Pope Francis condemned the abortion of those with birth defects or disorders as the “white glove” equivalent to Nazi eugenics. Hours later, on Monday, author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins reacted to Pope Francis’ words.
While the liberal media routinely push for abortion as a part of “women’s rights,” they’re calling out companies that reportedly pressure women to choose abortion – due to a New York Times piece. On Friday, NYT published a piece on the “Epidemic of Discrimination Against Pregnant Women at Work.”
Americans “really push back” when presented with abortion on TV and in films, one pro-life leader stressed in reaction to Hollywood writers recently campaigning for more abortion scenes. On Wednesday, pro-life legal group Americans United for Life (AUL) hosted “Women Speak 2018: A Symposium on Life Without Roe” in Washington, D.C.
13 Reasons Why is dark. And it just might be getting darker. Justin Prentice, who plays the character Bryce in 13 Reasons Why, is hinting that the next season of the popular teen Netflix show might just feature an abortion storyline.
The media have an “important role to play” with abortion law and could even save lives, according to one pro-life legal leader. On Wednesday, pro-life legal group Americans United for Life (AUL) hosted “Women Speak 2018: A Symposium on Life Without Roe” in Washington, D.C. The event investigated Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1973, from legal, medical, and cultural standpoints.
While many in the media frequently try to dig up stories about politicians paying for abortions, it turns out one of their own reportedly offered to do the same – in order to film it. According to an exposé on Vice Media, a former producer at the outlet attempted to pay for one woman’s abortion under the condition that Vice could film it. In a piece for New York Magazine on Sunday, contributing editor Reeves Wiedeman revealed that Vice fired the producer after the 2015 incident.
Producers want to put more abortion scenes in TV shows. They’re right. They should. They should show Americans abortion for exactly what it is: the tearing up and sucking out of an unborn baby. After all, they’re not afraid to show other gruesome, bloody scenes. But, of course, they won’t. Because that’s not what abortion is to them.
While many in the media stay silent on a new report accusing the nation’s largest abortion provider of enabling abuse, members of Congress aren’t. On Thursday, pro-life group Live Action held a Washington, D.C. press conference with several members of Congress. The event responded to a new investigative report by Live Action that accused Planned Parenthood of covering up child sex abuse in the #MeToo era. During the event, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J, asked “every member of the press” to watch the docuseries connected to the report.
Planned Parenthood is focusing its efforts on specifically “tracking Trump” – and media are loving it. On Monday, women’s magazine Elle applauded the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, for creating a new “Tool That Will Help You Track Trump's Harmful Policies.”
The first lady’s absence might just be because President Trump is abusing her – according to media figures who could offer no proof whatsoever. Since the end of May, several media figures have suggested President Trump abused First Lady Melania Trump after she stayed out of the public eye following her kidney surgery. A Rolling Stone writer suggested Trump was “concealing abuse” while a Salon writer agreed it “could be an abuse thing.” One professor even asked the president in a tweet, “Break her jaw? An eye socket? Did you kick her in the back?”
Women aren’t having kids because of the president – according to one “motherhood clarity” therapist. On May 31, The Washington Post weighed in on the “child-free life” and “Why so many American women are deciding not to have kids.” Inside the piece, columnist Petula Dvorak outlined multiple reasons, including President Trump.
Money talks – and journalism is no exception. On Monday, Columbia Journalism School announced that digital media expert Raju Narisetti will serve as a full-time faculty member in two capacities: Professor of Professional Practice and the director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. But neither he nor the Columbia Journalism School disclosed his unprecedented number of political donations to Hillary Clinton while working in the media.
A new Supreme Court action could potentially prevent future abortions. So of course feminist writers are calling it “absolutely tragic.” On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States released an unsigned per curiam, or unanimous decision erasing a lower-court ruling that allowed “Jane Doe,” a 17-year-old immigrant who entered the country illegally, to obtain an abortion.
While many in the entertainment world mock Christianity, one teenager is using her new fame to praise God. On Wednesday, former American Idol contestant Shannon O’Hara released a new music video of her performing the Christian songs Take me to The King and How Great Thou Art.