Abortion groups have been attacking The New York Times on Twitter for publishing a front-page photo of pro-life protesters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday.
A huge crowd of pro-life and pro-abortion protesters gathered outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices heard oral arguments in a potential landmark abortion case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case involves a Texas law that protects women’s health and welfare by requiring abortion clinics to meet the kinds of medical and safety standards that legitimate medical centers meet.
On Thursday, abortion groups including Planned Parenthood, NARAL and others tweeted photos of their protesters to The New York Times, claiming that its front-page report was biased because the photo didn’t show how many pro-abortion people were in the crowd.
.@nytimes: P1 needs an update. 2k pro-choice activists rallied outside #SCOTUSyesterday! #StoptheSham #WeWereThere pic.twitter.com/Kq6QiOTo4t
— NIRHealth (@nirhealth) March 3, 2016
Front page worthy @nytimes #WeWereThere pic.twitter.com/SVi0uBLP1r
— PlannedParenthood PA (@PPAdvocatesPA) March 3, 2016
Hey @NYTimes: Fixed today’s front-page photo of the #stopthesham rally for you!#wewerethere pic.twitter.com/oxLHt1u7rA
— NARAL (@NARAL) March 3, 2016
We roll deep. @nytimes #WeWereThere #StopTheShampic.twitter.com/AoJsrpLehB
— CenterforReproRights (@ReproRights) March 3, 2016
It’s interesting that abortion activists are attacking the newspaper, which typically is biased against pro-lifers. But in this case, it’s especially ironic given that abortion activists appear to have paid people to be there.
The pro-life group Bound4Life posted a photo on its Facebook page earlier this week showing a bright yellow flyers advertising jobs for paid protesters “to protect reproductive rights.” Bound4Life said these flyers were posted throughout Washington, D.C. in the days leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court rally. The flyer advertises $11-$15 per hour and says “Fight Attacks on Right to Choose.”