Flores adds that she supports families, but wants teenagers to have the tools and education they need for making good choices:
It took less than two days for the right-wing media to jump on Flores, and for the death threats to start arriving, as reported by Tara Culp-Ressler from Think Progress. All LifeNews.Com and their fellow pro-life media outlets had to do was waft red-meat headlines in the air — like “Democratic Legislator: I Don’t Regret Killing My Baby in Abortion” — and wait for the feeding frenzy to begin.
“I just want to convey to you that yes, parenting is absolutely important and we have to support that. But we also have to think about so many of our kids who do not have that support. And so many of these kids who, just like me, are going through that.” [Source]
On April 3rd, TV producer Dana Gentry wrote on Twitter that Flores had cancelled a planned appearance on the talk show Ralston Reports, because of death threats:
“Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who testified at sex ed hearing re abortion as a teen, recipient of threatening messages. Cancels Ralston Thur.” —
Tweet from TV Producer Dana Gentry
.Local Sin City Siren blogger, Emmily Bristo, adds that Hagar was the only “mainstream media” journalist present during the testimony, and recaps the events:
Bristol clearly worries that she and Hagar’s coverage of Flores’ testimony has put the lawmaker at risk, but defiantly refuses to let conservatives dominate the debate:
“Within hours of the hearing, Reno Gazette-Journal political reporter Ray Hagar posted a story about Flores’ testimony. As far as I can tell, Hagar was the only mainstream journalist to cover the announcement, with his story posting about an hour before my re-cap of the hearing, here on The Sin City Siren. But just days later, local television producer Dana Gentry broke the news that Flores had cancelled her scheduled April 4 appearance on the political news show Ralston Reports after receiving death threats stemming from her abortion story.”
Now, Flores’ supporters have given her a new nickname: “Fierce Flores,” and her cause has gone viral with two Twitter hash tags (#IHadAnAbortion and #fierceflores), a Tumblr on STFU, Conservatives, and counting. To stand with Flores and see a complete and frequently-updated list of media coverage and social media, visit Sin City Siren’s #FierceFlores Headquarters.
“I can’t help but wonder if Hagar and I share some indirect culpability in giving greater exposure to the kind of information that has been shown to incite anti-choice news outlets and organizations. But I refuse to let the anti-choicers dictate this news cycle. They would like nothing better than to steal focus from important reforms to Nevada’s current sex education law by throwing this political-grenade into the mix — distracting everyone with a drummed-up controversy about abortion using the age-old tactics of slut-shaming and blatant scare-tactics.”
Meanwhile, Ralston Reports host John Ralston was forced to replace Flores with a dueling duo from the conservative Nevada Parents group (Karen England), and Nevada Planned Parenthood Affiliates (Elisa Cafferata). Luckily for him, this controversy probably got higher ratings than Flores’ planned appearance would have generated.
Here’s the video from the April 5 edition of Ralston Reports: http://www.mynews3.com/content/video...ideoID=4006481
“The effort for expanding sex education for public school students in the state of Nevada is getting UGLY,” Ralston comments.