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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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.
With a new investigation, one pro-life group hopes to expose Planned Parenthood as an enabler of child sex abuse in the #MeToo era. But unlike other accusations, it’s unlikely the major outlets will report on the campaign shining a negative light on the abortion industry.
Women matter, but only if they’re already born – at least according to the networks on Ireland’s recent abortion vote. On Friday, May 25th, Ireland voted to repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment that banned abortion. In many of their segments, the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) framed the repeal as a win for “women’s rights” against a “highly restrictive” law.
While most celebrities readily declare themselves feminists, one famous TV judge is challenging the movement in a groundbreaking move. On Tuesday, Judge Judy Sheindlin appeared as a guest on Megyn Kelly Today. Host Megyn Kelly reminded viewers that the famous TV judge is in the 22nd season of her syndicated show that premiered in 1996. During their exchange, Judge Judy refused the feminist label.
Hollywood is rallying for the abortion industry once again – this time in support of taxpayer funding. On Tuesday night, President Trump announced a proposal at the Susan B. Anthony List gala that would prohibit Title X federal funding from organizations that provide or promote abortion. In reaction to the proposal, several celebrities, like Jane Fonda and Jessica Biel, expressed fury that abortion giant Planned Parenthood might lose funding and tweeted out “#NoGagRule.”
Women’s freedom relies on being able to legally end the life of another person, according to former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Even if that other person is another woman – in the womb. Former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams recently interviewed Richards during a 92nd Street Y event. While the interview took place in May, the unlisted YouTube video currently has only 15 views.
While the networks scrutinize the president’s every word (and tweet), their news programming skipped past his recent comments declaring that “every life is sacred.” On Tuesday evening, President Trump served as the keynote speaker at the annual Campaign for Life Gala hosted by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List in Washington, D.C.
Actress Michelle Williams will star in an upcoming abortion film – one the media are already applauding. After films like I Feel Pretty and Brokeback Mountain, Williams is setting her sights on abortion drama This Is Jane.