Abortion advocates: pictures of pregnancy “associate abortion with murder”
7 December 2016
A BPAS representative also complained about the use of pictures of unhappy women in stories about abortion.
Women are being "criminalised" in news stories about abortion because the media uses images of advanced pregnancy bumps to illustrate them, say campaigners.
Dr Christian Fiala, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna, is spear-heading a campaign to find more "appropriate" imagery, in order to remove the stigma around abortion. He said that the images journalists use give the wrong impression about abortion, and associated it with murder.
A representative from BPAS backed the campaign, and also objected to the use of "pictures of sad women head in hands". She said that finding more "realistic" pictures was a challenge "because society still viewed abortion as a tragedy". The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said "Photos should be accurate and relevant, and not reflect anti-choice propaganda. Photos should acknowledge the complexities of the abortion decision from the woman's perspective, and recognise the positive ethical aspects of the availability of safe, legal abortion.”
SPUC's Communications Officer, Alithea Williams, commented "This just shows how fragile the pro-abortion position is: advocates are now objecting to using images of pregnancy to illustrate ending a pregnancy. It's particularly ironic that BPAS objects to the use of images of late term pregnancy, when they advocate for abortion to be freely available at this stage.
"Perhaps the media use these images because there is still at least some recognition of what abortion is - the deliberate killing of the baby in the womb. It's viewed as a tragedy because it is one."
Mother "sued by her own embryos"
A custody battle over embryos frozen during IVF took an extraordinary turn on Tuesday, when a right-to-live lawsuit was filed on behalf of the embryos against their mother.
Businessman Nick Loeb has been suing for custody of embryos which were created when he and actress Sofia Vergara were in a relationship. Ms Vergara has since married someone else, and wants the embryos to stay frozen indefinitely.
The lawsuit lists the embryos as plaintiffs "Emma" and "Isabella", and contends that by not being allowed to be born (via a surrogate mother), they have been deprived of an inheritance from a trust that has been created for them.
Dr Anthony McCarthy of SPUC said: "This sad story illustrates all too well what can happen when embryos are conceived as if they were manufactured objects. With IVF we have seen the quality control, destruction and abandonment of embryos on an industrial scale. In this particular case, there is some recognition of the humanity of embryos and their needs, but ideas of 'ownership' and 'surrogate' motherhood are contrary to respect for pregnancy, the dignity of women and a truly parental approach to new human lives."
Ohio votes for "heartbeat" abortion bill
The state house of Ohio has voted to approve a bill that would ban abortion after the heartbeat is detected.
NARAL pro-choice said that the bill would "effectively outlaw abortion" in the state. It would need to be signed by the governor to pass into law."