How conservative media weaponized a story about a 10-year-old and abortion

Published July 15, 2022

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NBC News quoted Heidi Julien for a story about how the case of a pregnant 10-year-old who traveled to Indiana for an abortion after she was sexually assaulted has become a national flashpoint in the culture wars. Julien said even though the report was substantiated, there should be little expectations of people changing their minds. “If you construct an identity around a particular political persuasion and a particular set of news sources, and you construct a reality that is an ‘us against them,’ kind of stance, then you can’t make space for any right or any truth on the other side,” she said. 

 

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