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Just recently, the CNN show United Shades of America’s fourth episode of season four ostensibly about the abortion debate. Students for Life of America was invited by the show to come down to Jackson, Mississippi for a day of filming.
Unfortunately, the episode showed why CNN has a reputation for fake news.
E-mail - Life - Producers - Jackson - Mississippi
The initial e-mail that Students for Life received noted that the producers read: “Coming to Jackson, Mississippi to make an episode about women's health and reproductive justice... I found Students for Life and the Pregnant on Campus initiative online. It seems like you guys offer some great resources for students! I would love to learn more about what you guys do in Mississippi, especially the peer to peer support programs.”
Most importantly, and in retrospect, hypocritically, the producer said, “[t]he show is focused on highlighting diverse voices.”
Episode - Person - Students - Life - Elizabeth
For this episode, we had the perfect person for Students for Life to talk to. Elizabeth Parker is the Appalachian Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America and an African-American woman. She oversees the growth and development of Students for Life groups in the southern states of Tennessee and Kentucky. In addition, she grew up in Mississippi, where her parents are pastors, run a pregnancy resource center, and are active in the pro-life movement.
She also works to start Students for Life groups at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and at the time, was working to start the first Students for Life group at an HBCU at Mississippi Valley State University. For a show about women’s health and the arguments around abortion, who better to represent the pro-life side than an African-American woman, from Mississippi, who was part of a family deeply involved in the pro-life movement in Mississippi...
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