January 2, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - LifeSiteNews served up just shy of 30 million pageviews in 2012, making it the most popular pro-life website in the world, according to Alexa.com. Now LSN is pleased to present the top 10 most popular stories of 2012.
The numbers noted only refer to statistics available to us. These stories were also shared with many thousands more via email and other ways. As well, most of them were re-published with permission in non-profit publications and partially quoted or referred to in numerous other online and print publications in multiple languages.
Just under 50,000 readers were inspired by the rousing words of Fr. John Hollowell to stand up and fight for truth in the face of unprecedented threats to religious freedom.
Thousands of readers were warned through LifeSiteNews of Planned Parenthood’s dangerous and obscene targeting of youth.
The unsavory antics of a couple of liberal-leaning celebrities won them the 8th spot in LSN’s most popular list.
Managing editor John Jalsevac’s blogpost on the jaw-dropping testimony of an abortionist caught over 54,000 views. It has been shared on Facebook over 20,000 times.
6. Catholic and pro-life leaders slam White House ‘compromise’ on birth control mandate
This, an update to our intensive and ongoing coverage of the HHS mandate was viewed 84,000 times.
Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame came out as a proponent of assisted suicide. Pro-life leaders reacted in our coverage to Stewart’s pitch for euthanasia.
4. Photo of baby aborted in China at 9 months in forced abortion circulates on Internet, sparks outrage
This photo sparked an outrage on the Internet driving home the reality of the brutality of abortion and China’s one-child policy.
Just under 140,000 LifeSiteNews readers were inspired by the courageous leadership of Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Land said Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans.
With 215K pageviews, the story of Norma McCorvey airing an anti-Obama ad made many heads turn. McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the infamous Roe v. Wade case which brought abortion to America, is now a pro-life activist.
Topping the charts was the story on Obama’s Security and Exchange Commission aiding PepsiCo to keep secret from their own shareholders the fact that they were using cells derived from aborted fetal remains in their research and development to produce flavor enhancers.
And the over 300,000 LifeSiteNews readers who read the story made a huge difference. So much so that less than two months after the story, the cola giant decided to back off and contacted the lead pro-life group working on the measure – Children of God for Life – to inform them that the company doing the research on their behalf would not be using the aborted fetal stem cell line in research for Pepsi.