Why the BBC should brush off complaints by abortion providers

It was a smart business move from abortion provider bpas to make a public complaint at the BBC for supposedly remaining ‘neutral’ on the topic of abortion.

(This is somewhat ironic given this complaint followed an episode of Call the Midwife, written to put a spotlight on abortion being illegal – perfectly coordinating with bpas’ campaign to remove abortion from law entirely.)

We want to respond to various aspects of bpas’ complaint.


Firstly, they suggest that the position the BBC holds to avoid “being seen to support one side of this contentious issue” is “stigmatising” because “abortion has been legal, in certain circumstances, in for over 50 years.”

To this we want to respond that despite multiple attempts by abortion activists to remove abortion from the safeguards of the law completely – acute pressure on this topic has returned to Parliament recently – abortion remains an illegal procedure in England & Wales due to moral concerns and the controversy still surrounding it 50 years on.

It is apparent that the original abortion campaigners for the 67 Abortion Act were not campaigning for ‘rare’ abortions, but abortion legalised on demand, for any reason.

Recently bpas celebrated Diane Munday’s advocating of this extreme stance through an article that stated she’s “determined to ‘finish the job’ she started” and that it is a “source of great frustration” for her that abortion remained within the scope of the law.

Professor David Baird stated (in a Conference in 2017) that:

“Many people say that it [the 1967 Abortion Act] was very sloppy drafting. But it was purposely written like that.”

The exceptions to the abortion act although granted for certain circumstances, have been greatly abused since.

As put by the Hon. Mr Justice Cooke:

“Abortion is illegal in England and Wales except in cases that satisfy the grounds specified in the Abortion Act 1967.  Sadly, these grounds for abortion are being abused in practice with the judge in the case of R v Sarah Louise Catt remarking that, “There is no mitigation available by reference to the Abortion Act, whatever view one takes of its provisions which are wrongly, liberally construed in practice so as to make abortion available essentially on demand prior to 24 weeks with the approval of registered medical practitioners”.”

(R v Sarah Louise Catt, Sentencing Remarks, page 4, paragraph 15.)



Ok, now let’s talk about money going into abortion provision, shall we?

bpas continued their complaint by saying that 98% of terminations are funded by the NHS.

The fact that something is funded by the NHS does not mean either:

  1. that it is healthcare
  2. nor that this funding should be put into abortions, given the already stretched resources of the NHS

In fact, this money is going straight out of the NHS into the coffers of bpas and Marie Stopes as 70% of NHS funded abortions took place in the independent sector in 2017. So its no surprise there that they would push for the BBC to refer people to their services. More customers for their business.

The highest paid employees of both Marie Stopes and bpas get mega salaries.

“The latest accounts of Marie Stopes International show it paid its highest earner a bonus of almost £252,000, pushing their salary up to between £420,000 and £430,000, £160,000 more than in the 2015 study.”

At bpas, in 2015 the highest paid officer earned between £160,000 -£170,000 and five staff received over £100,000.

(Charity Commission enquiry)

The reality that taxpayers’ money, due to go to the NHS and healthcare, is instead going to bpas and Marie Stopes for abortions is incredibly painful for all those who oppose abortion in this country. But further to this, the BBC directing to abortion providers would absolutely go against the strong public opinion of unbiased support for women in crisis:

ComRes asked:

Should a woman considering abortion have a legal right to independent counselling from a source that has no financial interest in her decision?

89% agreed

93% of women agreed

Signposting distressed women to providers who run business from abortions does not sit well with most and very understandably.


“1 in 3 women have an abortion” (says bpas)

This figure is thrown about all the time by the abortion lobby. They love it. As though abortion being that common sits well with most people. It doesn’t – even if they’re unsure of their stance on the issue, most consider having an abortion to be a sad decision to have to make.

You’ll notice there is never a reference that comes with this figure, so happily bandied about to try normalise abortion. Some doubt it’s veracity. (See here and here.)

But if true, this merely proves that our society needs to be better at providing positive alternatives to abortion.

Many people would be shocked to realise that abortion – once sold as being safe, legal and rare – is in fact a go-to option for many women. But each abortion represents a woman in crisis, a life ended, and a potential lifetime of regret. A society that allows abortion to be potentially the only option a woman feels like she has, is a society that is profoundly anti woman.


Public Opinion

In a desperate attempt to normalise their position bpas refered to polling and the opinion of the general public.

But what polling clearly shows, is that the extreme position of bpas – to make abortion legal  up to birth for any reason – is absolutely opposed by 99% of the general public.


The ComRes poll in 2017 showed:

only 1% take bpas’ extreme stance that the legal limit should be extended to birth,

whereas 60% of the public actually think the limit should be reduced to 20 weeks or below, in line with scientific and medical advancements.

The full results of this polling can be found here. https://wheredotheystand.org.uk/media-comment-stand-new-comres-abortion-poll/


Is abortion contentious issue?

Finally bpas desperately state that abortion is not a “contentious issue.” This is simply not true and will only be true when we look back at this period of history with the universal consensus that ending the life of our children can never be a just or caring response to difficult circumstances; that physically removing our children from our wombs can never empower us as women.

This is why there is so much upset at the presence prolife groups: because abortion is contentious.


The existence of abortion within our society will always be contentious – I direct you to former abortionist, Dr Antony Levatino’s, video if you remain unsure.

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2 people are talking about Why the BBC should brush off complaints by abortion providers

  1. JE Howard says:

    May I make a suggestion? When you say "abortion remains an illegal procedure in England & Wales due to moral concerns" perhaps it would be better to use 'ethical' rather than 'moral'?
    Nowadays people often have a negative view of 'morality' - it tends to be associated with sexual morality in particular and as something imposed from the outside by the old-fashioned. 'Ethics' on the other hand is a more neutral word, and often linked with 'professional'; I think it better conveys what you mean.

  2. Jean Stephenson says:

    It is the BBC that need to read this. Has this blog or similar letter been sent to the BBC?

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