On Sunday morning, CNN again gave attention to liberal pro-abortion activists being criticized over strategy by other liberal activists instead of the overall goal as New Day Sunday host Christi Paul spoke with film production designer Molly Coffee about her concerns over Hollywood boycotting Georgia because of its new heartbeat law that protects unborn babies.
And, the day before on New Day Saturday, Paul took the time to challenge a pro-life activist by suggesting the cost of raising a child may be a valid reason for having an abortion, and suggesting “hypocrisy” on the pro-life side, whereas Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen was allowed to mostly have a monologue to spout her pro-abortion views.
On New Day Sunday, introducing a five-minute segment with Coffee, CNN co-host Christi Paul began:
So here’s the thing. Georgia has its own anti-abortion law. The governor signed it into law earlier this month. It’s set to take effect on January 1 of next year. But opponents are already promising to challenge this in court, and a lot of people in the entertainment industry are threatening to just stop working on projects that are created in Georgia.
She then added:
Others are saying, “Listen, that might not be the best strategy.” Molly Coffee, a film production designer in Atlanta, is one of those people. She joined a group of female film workers who wrote a petition on Change.org. And it says — the petition says: ‘”our condemnation is understandable, but what we really need most is allies.”
Paul then sympathetically asked: “Do you feel you’re finding allies in Georgia and in Hollywood yet?”
The CNN host then followed up: “I know that Hollywood argues, ‘Look, if we pull our films from this, this is going to make a difference — this is going to help women.’ But you assert, ‘Actually, it kind of hurts us.'”
On the previous day’s New Day Saturday, Paul showed pre-recorded interviews with Planned Parenthood’s Wen and Brian Westbrook of the Coalition for Life in St. Louis. After allowing Westbrook to describe his strategy for convincing women not to having abortions by reasoning with them outside abortion clinics, Paul at one point pressed him by following up:
Other infant care for a single child takes 11 percent of family income. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said child care costs are unaffordable when they exceed seven percent — that’s four percent higher. The Pew Research Center says only half of Alabama’s 67 counties — half of them have obstetricians. There are no maternity leave, no family leave laws in Alabama. The CDC says Alabama has the highest rate of infant mortality.
She then made accusations of “hypocrisy” by pro-lifers as she added:
It seems like there is a lot of hypocrisy from Alabama, that they’re saying to women: “We’re going to take away your abortion rights, but we’re not going to help you take care of your children.” If they believe life begins at a heartbeat, at that point, at a heartbeat, should life insurance be available? Should affordable health care be available for that mother? These things are missing in Alabama.
By contrast, the closest Paul came to challenging Wen’s views was to ask her when she believes life begins which is reality more of a neutral question.