BBC Publishes Biased News Story on Women Waiting for Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 22
, 2007

London, England ( — The BBC has published its biased news story about women having to wait for abortions because of the typical waiting time that accompanies any surgery for patients within the nation’s health care system.

The prestigious British news service came under fire last week for posting a notice on its web site actively seeking women who had encountered problems because of the wait.

Claiming such a wait "causes distress," the BBC asked women in the post "Have you tried to get an appointment for a pregnancy termination and been told you will have to wait for weeks?"

At the time, the news service complained the wait forces some women to have to consider surgical abortions rather than medical ones using the dangerous abortion drug RU 486. However, the post didn’t mention that thirteen women have died internationally from using the abortion drug and more than 1,100 have been injured in the United States.

The BBC said its radio program was "hoping to highlight this issue and would like to speak to woman who have faced delays" yet the news service did not ask for comments from women who experienced problems or regret following an abortion.

In its news story on Monday, the BBC said some women are having to wait as much as seven weeks to have an abortion when the national health service set three weeks as the maximum.

"Waiting for an abortion can be highly distressing," the news service claimed.

Ironically, the BBC story contained no interviews with women had had experienced problems waiting. Instead, the news service interviewed several doctors who said women had to wait and also quoted Julie Douglas of the Marie Stopes International abortion business.

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: Send your comments about abortion to the BBC by completing their aboriton story input form.