Why Do Media Take "Abortion Rights" More Seriously than "Gun Rights"?

Michael Medved

8/23/2012 1:09:45 PM - Michael Medved

In press accounts of Paul Ryan’s selection, media regularly described him as “opposed to abortion rights”—not  as “pro-life” (as he describes himself) or even “anti-abortion.” This contrasts with common characterizations of those who favor limiting fire-arms ownership as “pro gun control” but never as “anti-Second Amendment Rights” or even “anti-gun rights.”

Why would the media characterize pro-life politicians as threats to “abortion rights” but never treat gun control advocates as threats to “gun rights”? The answer is that the media take “abortion rights” seriously but feel only contempt for the idea of “gun rights.” The irony is that “gun rights” really do appear in the Constitution, with explicit support for the “right to keep and bear arms,” but mainstream media’s highly-valued right to abortion shows up nowhere in our founding documents, and remained an alien Constitutional concept until Roe v. Wade in 1973.