The Ottawa Citizen reports on the Conservative government in Ottawa giving new funding to the International Planned Parenthood Federation. It is a fine story as far as it goes but what struck me is the picture that goes with it. Editors want some sort of illustration to go with stories, both in the paper and on the internet, and as stories about abortion so often do, this one features the belly of a pregnant women.

Two thoughts.

First, for a story about IPPF funding in Afghanistan, Mali, Tanzania, Sudan and Bangladesh, why use a photo of a white woman with a nice watch? I get it that it is a stock photo, but it doesn’t match the story.

Second, and the bigger issue, why use a photo of a pregnant woman for a story about abortion? Wouldn’t a picture of an abortion or the surgical tools used in an abortion be more appropriate? Just strikes me as odd.