With the outbreak of controversy over recent state abortion laws that aim to challenge the United States' currently extreme pro-abortion regime, pro-life voices have notably been able to make their case on several of the nation's top Hispanic television networks.
Reports on both CNN’s Spanish-language service and on Telemundo, for example, have featured potent, undiluted pro-life voices in support of the new laws, taking clear positions in defense of the pre-born, as seen below:
GUSTAVO VALDES, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Protection of lives such as that of Mariela Jiménez.
MARIELA JIMÉNEZ, PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST: Well, my mom was six months pregnant and she had a preeclampsia that was killing her and they told her, “look, your daughter is not viable”...
VALDES: That daughter is now an attorney, and she witnessed the ceremony where Brian Kemp signed the bill known as “First Heartbeat”, which prohibits abortion once a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the mother’s womb, something that generally happens some six weeks from the beginning of a pregnancy.
JIMÉNEZ: What people haven’t realized is that this is another life. So you can choose - I can choose for my own life. But can I choose regarding my own children's’ lives? Absolutely not.
FR. ANTONIO HOYOS, CATHOLIC PRIEST: But are we going to nullify the child, then? Are we going to take the chance of existence away from that fetus?
Abortion has long been one of those issues where the views of reporters and editors often run notably to the left of where viewers generally stand. These networks generally held their tongues earlier this year when New York passed its radical abortion law, for example, and have typically given scant coverage to the massive annual March For Life.
This is important to highlight because at no point in these networks’ coverage of the recent legislation in Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri is there any mention of the possibility that these bills are, in part, a counterreaction to the New York bill (and to the equivalent Virginia bill that was...well... aborted in committee) or to the Left’s smearing of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, which did receive ample coverage on the nation’s Spanish-language newscasts.
Time will tell whether this spotlighting of credible and compelling pro-life voices is a short-term blip, or a longer-term realignment with viewership. Regardless, the amplification of these voices is welcome, and is in itself a recognition of the indisputable fact that many U.S. Hispanics are solidly pro-life.