‘Dead Fetus’ Story Coverage Co-opts Language of Anti-Abortion Movement
After a second-term fetus was found on an airplane in New York, coverage has focused on its “age” and features — playing into the hands of the anti-abortion movement
By Amelia McDonell-Parry
Aug 8, 2018
On Tuesday, an American Airlines cleaning crew at LaGuardia Airport in New York City made what was undoubtedly an unpleasant discovery while cleaning a passenger jet that had flown in the night before from Charlotte, North Carolina: a “wrapped up” “dead fetus” in the toilet of one of the aircraft’s lavatories.
“One of the attendants noticed a large amount of toilet paper in one of the plane’s lavatory toilets,” described a CBS affiliate in Raleigh. “While removing the toilet paper, the cleaner discovered the foot of what appeared to be a fetus, in the toilet.”