Introducing UK’s new pro-life digital news service

We are very excited to introduce our new digital news service.

This news service has been launched so that we can reach a far wider audience of people with UK focussed, pro-life news that will keep people informed and help change even more hearts and minds on life issues.

We currently have good relationships with a number of mainstream media outlets which ensures that we get to regularly comment in the media. That said, we can’t always ensure that these articles cover all the key points that the public need to know about a given issue.

We are also concerned that some outlets are moving to position themselves as effectively ‘campaigning’ journalists for abortion access, the most recent example being the changes to the Guardian’s guidelines on how they report on abortion, a move which follows long term bias from the BBC in their language guidelines. If this trend continues, it will become increasingly more difficult for the mainstream public to be informed on the pro-life side of the debates on issues such as abortion.

Our news service will ensure that we have a platform where reliable pro-life news and views are accessible to everyone in the UK and that we are not limited by what editors in major newspapers choose to publish.

Launching this digitally has meant that providing this service has been financially feasible because we will not face many of the costs that traditional media outlets face with print distribution. This digital model will also mean that we can get content out to readers far quicker with daily updates to the service to ensure that our readership are up-to-date with breaking news on life issues.

We will also be amplifying the reach of the content featured on the news service through the audience across our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This will ensure that very large audiences are seeing the content from the news service on a daily basis and we are changing more hearts and minds.

We have designed the platform from the ground up so that is easily viewable across desktop, mobile and tablet, as increasing numbers of people are accessing content on their mobile phones and tablet devices. Our team have also put a lot of work into designing a look and feel for the service that is of professional standard similar to what you would expect to see from a major news outlet.

Features of the service

News – This section will feature daily articles covering the latest news on life issues. It will focus on developments on life issues in the United Kingdom and will provide the public with timely, well-researched content that will ensure that they are informed and up-to-date on these issues.

Opinion – We are going to be working with a number of UK based writers to provide commentary and opinion on developments around life issues. These opinion pieces will complement the main news service providing further analysis and commentary. If you are a good writer and are interested in writing for us, please do get in contact with us at info@righttolife.org.uk – please include links in your email to any past opinion pieces you have written.

Favourites from the web – In this section, we will be curating the best analysis and commentary from around the web on pro-life issues. Again, this will be focussing on featuring articles from UK news outlets but at times will also feature exceptionally good commentary from overseas.

Press releases – The news service will also provide a new home to feature our press releases and comments so that this is easily accessible to journalists writing on these issues.

Updates and resources – In this section you will find useful resources and updates so you can keep up-to-date on our work across the media, politics and grass-roots to create positive change on life issues in the UK.

Help us let more people know about the service

We have launched the service to complement and enhance our current work across the media, politics and grassroots. We now need to ensure as many people as possible know about the service and use it on a regular basis.

Make sure you have the service added to your browser bookmarks so you can regularly visit. Please also let friends and family know about the news service by forwarding sharing this update and our articles on social media.

The Politics of Foetal Pain

James Evans

On the 6th of February this year, the Department of Health and Social Care admitted that an unborn baby aged 20-24 weeks gestation receives painkillers prior to surgery in the womb to treat spina bifida.

In a parliamentary question, Sir Edward Leigh MP asked the obvious follow-up question: will it be made “policy to provide pain relief to unborn babies of a similar age undergoing a termination”. The answer from the Department of Health? No.

Picking up on the contradiction, Fiona Bruce MP asked why there was this variance in clinical practice. Why did babies at 20-26 weeks undergoing spinal surgery receive painkillers, but babies at the same age undergoing termination receive no painkillers? The answer from the Department of Health? Not our job; no.

So whose job is it? Ms Bruce asked. The answer from the Department of Health? It may as well have been white noise.

In the meantime, while the Department of Health avoids it’s responsibilities, around ten mothers a day continue to proceed with a very late term abortion under the assurance that their baby will feel no pain and so does not need painkiller. Yet in the same hospitals, mothers with babies of the same age are assured that their baby will feel no pain because a painkiller will be administered.

This political avoidance has been happening since the late 1980s when the then MP, David Alton, raised the issue in parliament. It was only following the inquiry into foetal sentience that the RCOG formed a working party who published their paper in 1997. They recommended that consultants should consider the need the use of painkillers only for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures on foetuses in utero. Since then, in 2018 alone, 3602 women underwent an abortion at 20 weeks or later without the use of foetal painkiller; many of these will be following the diagnosis of a disability.

Many of these late term abortions will have been a D&E procedure in which, according to RCOG, the ‘fetus is removed in fragments’. In third trimester abortions, babies receive an injection of potassium chloride to effectively induce a heart attack – it can take minutes to several hours to work according to abortion provider BPAS.

Why is there this discrepancy? Why do we provide painkillers for an infant about to undergo spinal surgery in the womb but do not do the same for an infant about to lose his/her life through abortion? Perhaps it is because over time many Obstetrician and Gynaecologist consultants who conscientiously object to abortion have migrated to other medical fields, resulting in a group of polarised mindset without dissenters.

Or, most obviously, perhaps it is because to provide painkillers to a child that is about to have his or her life ended would bring home the reality of what’s going on. It would have a deeply humanising effect on the unborn child, and this is something that abortion supporters are keen to avoid. It would be to acknowledge that there is another human being here who is hurt by abortion. And to admit this might help cause the whole abortion edifice to collapse.

(Photo credit Adobe Stock:MoiraM)

All opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Right To Life UK.

UK Govt announces £13.6 million taxpayer money for US pro-abortion lobby group

In a recent debate in the House of Lords on global gender equality, Baroness Sugg revealed that the Department for International Development (DfID) had increased its funding for the American pro-abortion think tank, the Guttmacher Institute.

On returning from the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Baroness Sugg “was also pleased to announce an uplift to [DfID’s] programme with the Guttmacher Institute, bringing our current support to £13.6 million.”

It transpires that DfiD have been working with the pro-abortion think tank in their promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, which includes promoting access to abortion.

Historically, the Guttmacher Institute was a part of America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and continues to have close ties with that organisation.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood were embroiled in a scandal after they were discovered to negotiating the trading of baby body parts for research. Planned Parenthood abortionists were filmed altering how they conducted abortions in order to best harvest the desired organ(s) of the unborn baby.

DfID support for this the Guttmacher Institute is in addition to funding that has previously been provided to other abortion lobby groups. This year DfID gave IPPF £132 million in funding for a two-year programme, despite the ongoing sexual scandals within the company.

Furthermore, in April, Penny Modaunt MP, as International Development Secretary, pledged an additional £42 million to IPPF (alongside Marie Stopes International) to look at the “neglected issue” of safe abortion in developing countries.

Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK said: “ DfID’s use of taxpayer’s money to fund the pro-abortion research group, Guttmacher Institute, as well as the scandal ridden IPPF is disgraceful.”

“There is no popular support for this international abortion advocacy as 65% of people in Britain oppose the use of taxpayer money being used to fund overseas abortions.”