What it means that Nashville has lost its only abortion provider

By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion

Nashville, Tenn. — one of the 25 largest cities in America — has lost its last remaining abortion provider. At least for now.

That seems like a pretty major story.

And indeed, The Tennessean has the basic details on today’s front page:

But the newspaper’s coverage of this stunning development seems overly low-key and matter-of-fact. Ho-hum, in other words.

Read the full column.

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All of my GetReligion columns (December 2018):

• A don’t-miss-it deep dive: New York Times delivers a factual, balanced portrait of John Allen Chau. Published Dec. 3.

• What happens when Washington Post goes behind scenes of parish ensnared in sexual abuse scandal? Published Dec. 4.

• Unitarians in the desert: A few basic facts go a long way in explaining religious freedom lawsuit. Published Dec. 6.

• Friday Five: Godbeat news, Bush 41 funeral, pope on gay priests, megachurch biz, pastor hero. Published Dec. 7.

• A culture of abuse: Must-read investigation on sex crimes in independent fundamental Baptist churches. Published Dec. 10.

• About that ‘Christmas miracle’: What it means that Nashville has lost its only abortion provider. Published Dec. 11.

• Theology of Baptist seminary’s lament: Slavery is the headline, but a few media reports mention sin. Published Dec. 13.

• Friday Five: Baptist sex scandal, NYT paranoia, Brooklyn bridge, Julie Roys story, drive-thru priest. Published Dec. 14.

• A priest’s jarring homily after teen dies by suicide: The missing link in USA Today’s viral story. Published Dec. 17.

Concerning that priest’s offensive funeral remarks on suicide, it’s true that what he actually said matters. Published Dec. 18.

How to turn that puff piece on Muslims loving Jesus into actual helpful, worthwhile journalism. Published Dec. 20.

Friday Five: New NYT religion writer, Illinois priest abusers, suicide homily, Godbeat on YouTube. Published Dec. 21.

Call the police: Baby Jesus has been stolen — and The New York Times has a compelling story about it. Published Dec. 24.

Friday Five: Baby Jesus thefts, ‘Charlie Brown Christmas,’ Jews help refugees, RNS wins ‘Jeopardy.’ Published Dec. 28.

A GetReligionista looks back on some of his — and his colleagues’ — most-clicked posts of 2018. Published Dec. 29.

Author: Bobby Ross Jr.

Bobby Ross Jr. is an award-winning journalist who has reported from all 50 states and 13 countries in his 28-year professional career.