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BBC due to attack pregnancy support charities

30 September 2015

A pro-lifer prays peacefully outside an abortion clinic

BBC journalists have revealed that they are planning to join the attack on pro-life pavement-counsellors who operate peacefully and lawfully outside abortion businesses.  The BBC have said that they intend broadcasting this item today (Wed 30 September).

Pro-life pavement-counsellors offer pregnant women help to avoid abortions. A campaign to prevent women receiving such help was launched by a major commercial abortion provider earlier this year. Prayer-vigils, which often involve only small numbers of people, are dubbed “protests” by the BBC and pro-abortion campaigners.

At one point the BBC said there had been allegations of women being assaulted, and asked a pregnancy support group: "Would you like to condemn assault?"

SPUC's stance 

Commenting, Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said: "The unprofessional behaviour of the BBC betrays a clear one-sided agenda. Asking people to disown violence which the pro-life life movement has have never espoused or practised is like the devious lawyer's question: 'Have you stopped beating your wife?' Pavement-counsellors provide help to women facing such problems as abusive partners and homelessness, problems which abortion providers simply don't address.

"The BBC says it has seen a report about pavement-counsellors based on abortion clinic records. Abortion clinics lose an average of about £600 each time a woman chooses to keep her baby, so they are hardly an impartial source of data. This is only one half of the story. Hundreds of women find the help, sympathy and support they need to continue their pregnancies from pro-lifers outside abortion clinics.  Despite being offered information about these women, the BBC has refused to report their perspective.

"The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) campaigns for the right to life of the unborn to be upheld in law, and we do not run pavement-counselling activities, but we recognise the great work that groups like Good Counsel Network, 40 Days for Life and the Helpers of God's Precious Infants undertake outside many abortion centres to help women and babies", concluded Mr Tully.

Paul Tully, General Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) can be contacted on:

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  • oubaas

    7 October 2015, 12:07pm

    Correct Paul.

    "Would you like to condemn assault?". Think very carefully before you respond to a “question” such as this one. Make them wait a bit for your answer, why not ?

    Do not ever forget, the interviewer is not really the slightest bit interested in your views, be sure of that. They just want to grab a soundbite, preferably something controversial, which can be quoted or mis-quoted.

    Be like many politicians, ignore the actual question posed, but grab the chance to make a sound Pro-Life point, it can be a terrific opportunity to tell people about how we respect all human life.

    "Would you like to condemn assault ?"

    “Yes. Firstly, I would like to condemn the continuous assaults on Christians in the Middle east and in Muslim parts of Africa which are ignored by mainstream media.”

    And (if they let you get this far) “I would like to condemn strongly the non-stop assaults on unborn children in the womb, 8 million innocents have been killed by abortion in the UK since 1967”

    It’s unlikely they will permit this, but it is worth going for it.

    Know your facts, have them ready, keep your replies clear, concise and correct.

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  • Fernando

    11 October 2015, 8:29am

    Fr John, that is the other side of the coin and just as deplorable. The oraiiasgtnons that you mention, and the many others like them, need to be reminded of the seamlessness of Catholic social teaching. They should also be reminded that as Catholic bodies, their political campaigning should be in line with that teaching and they have no business purveying neo-Marxist and Keynsian twaddle.

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