BBC Looking for Women Who Waited for Abortions for Biased Story

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 17
, 2007

London, England ( — Unlike in the United States, abortions are on the rise in England, but apparently that’s not good enough for the BBC. The prestigious British news service is actively looking for women who have had to wait to have an abortion because of the typical delays that accompany the nation’s health service.

In a post on its web site, the BBC asks women, "Have you tried to get an appointment for a pregnancy termination and been told you will have to wait for weeks?"

Pointing out that many women have experienced waiting times to have an abortion, the BBC laments the situation saying it "causes distress."

The news service also complains that the wait forces some women to have to consider surgical abortions rather than medical ones using the dangerous abortion drug RU 486.

The post does not inform readers that the mifepristone drug has caused thirteen deaths internationally, including the deaths of two women in England and injury to more than 1,100 women in the United States alone. Some women using the abortion pill even experienced life-threatening medical situations requiring complete blood transfusions or emergency surgery.

The post said BBC’s radio program "is hoping to highlight this issue and would like to speak to woman who have faced delays."

The BBC web site does not ask for comments from women who experienced problems or regret following an abortion or from women who contemplated an abortion and decided to carry the pregnancy to term.

The latest British abortion data from the British Department of Health came out in December and showed some teenagers are using abortion as a method of birth control and that repeat abortions are increasing at an alarming rate.

According to the figures, 1,316 girls under the age of 18 had a second abortion during 2005 with 90 girls having a third abortion. Among the over 30s, 482 women had their fifth abortion in 2005, 92 were on their sixth and 29 were admitted for their seventh abortion.

In total, there were 186,416 abortions in the UK in 2005 including more than 60,000 on women who had had a previous abortion. Among the 18 to 24-year-old group, 16,474 had a second abortion while 3,060 were on their third.

ACTION: Please complete the interview form at the BBC web site and express your opinions on abortion and alternatives to it as well as their potentially biased news story.