The Latino media took a brief break from President Biden’s exploding immigration, economic, health and social crises in order to lambast Texas' latest pro-life victory, after a federal appeals court granted a stay allowing that state’s Heartbeat Law — challenged by the Biden administration — to remain in place.
At Telemundo, the law, which went into effect on September 1st and was later halted for 48 hours, was labeled as a “controversial anti-abortion law, supported by the administration of conservative Greg Abbott” while Univision also joined Telemundo in complaining about the long hours that women have to drive now to “terminate their pregnancy.”
NICOLE SUAREZ, TELEMUNDO: And a federal appeals court allowed Texas to continue enforcing its law, its controversial anti-abortion law, supported by the administration of conservative Greg Abbott.
ARANXTA LOIZAGA, TELEMUNDO: And this, this is the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation
LOIZAGA: Meanwhile, the number of women who are driving to other states to terminate their pregnancy is increasing.
SATCHA PRETTO, UNIVISION: Stories come to our newsroom of women driving for hours to other states to terminate their pregnancies. It prolongs the wait and costs go up considerably.
The Texas law bans abortions past the sixth week of gestation, or when a baby's heartbeat is detected. But at Univision, anchor Satcha Pretto was more concerned about how aborting a baby after six week prolonged the wait and costs going up considerably as further reason to abide by the law.
The framing of the Texas law as "restrictive" and "controversial" sets the stage for doomsday coverage on Latino media as the Supreme Court's new conservative majority prepare to hear a set of casts that may very well upend Roe v. Wade.
What's next? Expect a huge increase in the pro-abortion rhetoric at the Spanish-speaking networks, complete with storytelling segments heavily featuring those who go out of state to get an abortion — further proof of their increasing disconnect with an audience that cherishes life and traditional moral values.