BBC Bashed for Program Attacking Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Views

International   |   Wendy Wright   |   Jul 24, 2012   |   11:01AM   |   London, England

The remarkable Dr. Robert Walley wrote an open letter to the BBC about the debate we blogged on earlier. Following the Gates’ Summit on Family Planning, the BBC titled the segment “Should We Promote Contraception In Developing Countries?”

As the Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Executive Director of MaterCare International notes, the episode became instead a diatribe against the Catholic Church. ”This type of debate is more akin to tabloid journalism and was nothing like the debates I have watched on the BBC World Service,” he writes.

Dr. Walley explains what should have been discussed: the failure and corruption of ‘reproductive health’ programs, the best way to reduce maternal mortality, and the selfless service of Catholic health providers in Africa. His first-hand accounts of working in the region would have elevated the discussion.

Alas, that does not fit the tired strawman that ‘reproductive rights’ advocates erect in their field of dreams only to light aflame with their scorching accusations.

Indeed, the producer interviewed me (Wendy) to be a guest on the segment, but lost interest when he discovered I am Evangelical, not their stereotypical Catholic.

Read Dr. Walley’s letter, and watch the BBC segment. Then thank God for the faithful who labor to help the needy, though denied the billions of dollars diverted to ‘sexy’ programs lauded by celebrities and politicians and despite foolish criticism heaped upon them for not going along with the latest politically-correct fad.



LifeNews Note: Wendy Wright writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s Turtle Bay and Beyond blog and is used with permission.