This morning’s Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 held a segment on the strengthening of right-to-life protections for unborn children (from 14:13-24:22). Unfortunately, it was appallingly biased in favour of the abortion lobby. Whilst two abortion lobbyists were interviewed, no representative from the right-to-life movement was included from either Poland or the UK.
Worse that this blatant bias, is the fact that one of the abortion lobbyists was from ‘Women on Waves’, a group that sends abortifacient drugs over the border from Germany to Poland using drones. They do this not only in careless violation of Poland’s sovereignty and law, and the democratic will of the Polish people, but without any regard for the health and safety of Polish women.
By distributing abortifacients like this, they expect that women will clandestinely appropriate and take them. Yet a 2015 study on the outcome following self-medication with such drugs in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic research found that “unsupervised medical abortion can lead to increased maternal morbidity and mortality”. 62.5% of the patients were found to have incomplete abortion, 22.5% had failed abortion and 7.5% of patients had incomplete abortion with sepsis. Surgical evacuation was performed in 67.5% of the patients whereas 12.5% of the patients required surgical evacuation with blood transfusion.
Please write to Radio 4 to complain about the clear one-sidedness and lack of balance of this segment, and the worryingly unchallenged exposition by one of their guests of free distribution and use of abortion pills without any medical supervision. This endangers pregnant mothers as well as their unborn children.
When you write, please incorporate the following points:
- (As pointed out above): A 2015 study on the outcome following self-medication with abortion pills by Nivedita and Shanthini in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research found that “unsupervised medical abortion can lead to increased maternal morbidity and mortality”. The results of the study showed among patients who self-administered abortion pills:
- 27.5% had consumed abortion pills after the approved time period of 63 days of which 17.5% had consumed pills after 12 weeks of gestation.
- The most common presentation was excessive bleeding (77.5%). Severe anaemia was found in 12.5% of the patients and 5% of patients presented with shock.
- 62.5% of the patients were found to have incomplete abortion, 22.5% had failed abortion and 7.5% of patients had incomplete abortion with sepsis.
- ‘Surgical evacuation’ (where the body of the baby had to be removed) was performed in 67.5% of the patients whereas 12.5% of the patients required this operation with a blood transfusion.
- Overall, medical methods were used in 15% of the patients whereas 2.5% required transfusion along with medical methods.
- In the US, where emergency medical care often is readily available, the Food and Drug Administration documented at least 14 women’s deaths and 2,207 injuries from abortion drugs in the past 12 years.
- These abortion lobbyists are careless in their endangerment of women’s lives, and have put their ideology and publicity stunts before the safety of pregnant mothers, not to mention the lives of their unborn children.
- The campaign run by ‘Women on Waves’ illustrates a complete disregard for the sovereignty of Poland.
- The campaign’s use of illegal measures also shows defiance towards the will of the Polish people in their laws, as well as their democratically-elected government.
- The Women’s Hour discussion was appallingly biased, in that no representative of the Polish Government or right-to-life advocate was present.
- The framing of the segment implied that all women would naturally be supportive of the campaign by ‘Women on Waves’. This is certainly not the case in Poland, nor indeed the consensus amongst women in the UK. In fact, a ComRes Poll in 2014 showed that:
- 92% of UK women believed that a patient requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor
- 78% of women believed that the health of women considering an abortion will be put at risk unless the doctors who sign the forms have also seen the patient.
Please act today to ensure that the BBC knows the strength of feeling against the biased nature of the discussion they held, and its granting of a platform to those who not only violate the sovereignty and democratically legislated laws of another (European) country, but do so in such a way that endangers the lives of pregnant mothers and children in the womb.