Pro-life groups have had enough of what they call a "media blackout" when it comes to the abortion issue. So, they're coming together to hold a "March on the Media" this Thursday. The protest rally is being organized by Lila Rose, president of Live Action, an anti-abortion group. The event's targets are mainstream media outlets that some critics, including Rose, believe have been too silent about issues pertaining to life and the protection of the unborn.
"The media has flinched from the reality of abortion for decades," Rose said on a website announcing the event. "We call on the press to end the censorship of what abortion actually does to our smallest children and women, and end the lionizing of abortion advocates."
The protest will include many of the nation's most well-known pro-life advocates, including Rose, Christian Robey of the Media Research Center, Jill Stanek, a former nurse, and Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.
It will come just days after Live Action sent letters to ABC, NBC and CBS, demanding that these major outlets begin handling the issue of abortion with "honest reporting."
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In an interview with TheBlaze on Tuesday, the pro-life activist said that the failure of the media to cover the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case (the Philadelphia abortion doctor who was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder) was what helped spawn this massive response from the pro-life community.
"This is in the wake of the extreme lack of coverage during the Gosnell trial," Rose told TheBlaze on Tuesday.
She noted that the most recent example of bias can be seen in the fact that many outlets covered Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is pro-choice, during and after her now-infamous abortion filibuster, while initially ignoring Gosnell's gruesome crimes.
Rose also referenced a recent study from the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, which found the following disparity: "In the 19 days since her June 25 filibuster, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 40 minutes, 48 seconds of their morning and evening news programs to stories including Davis. That’s more than three times the 13 minutes 30 seconds they gave Gosnell during the entire 58 days of the murder trial."
So, that's the reason that these outlets have come under fire.
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 05: Texas State Sen. Wendy David (D) listens to questions after speaking at the National Press Club August 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Davis, who entered the national spotlight after holding a filibuster on a Texas abortion bill, spoke on the political climate in Texas and Washington during her remarks. Credit: Getty Images
"The last couple of months, we've been hounding the media through Twitter, through social media -- and these letters are the culmination of that," Rose added, going on to discuss the rally. "We're expecting at least 100 people. It's the first time that anything like this has been done before."
For those who may not understand why pro-life groups as so frustrated, she added, "We're focusing on the media and their responsibility to tell the truth." It is this responsibility of conveying the right information, Rose said, that is at the center of the March on the Media Rally.
So far, she's received no response from the letter that was sent to NBC, CBS and ABC. But the rally, itself, will be held outside ABC's studios on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET.