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Due to air next month, it will feature interviews with women undergoing terminations as well as doctors and counsellors at the clinic.
Pro-life campaigners criticised the move, saying it amounted to “free advertising” for abortion, but pro-choice advocates welcomed the programme, saying it was a chance for it to be presented in a way that was not “couched in terms of controversy”.
Darinka Aleksic, campaign coordinator for Abortion Rights, welcomed the programme. She said: “There is so much scaremongering and misinformation about abortion, in the media and especially online, that any move to destigmatise the procedure is a step forward.
“Provided it is handled sensitively, then this could be a useful way to let women know about the reality of abortion: that it is a safe, legal and common medical procedure. “I am quite glad to see it not couched in terms of controversy for once.”
“News that a publicly funded radio station – BBC Radio 5 – is going to record inside an abortion clinic is being seen by many of us as biased support for the abortion lobby,” said Josephine Quintavalle of the ProLife Alliance. Quintavalle called the move “contrary to the neutrality that is obligatory under the BBC charter,” in comments to CNA April 27.
The two-hour live program will take place next month at a location yet to be disclosed. The BBC says it will feature interviews with mothers who are having their babies aborted as well as with clinic staff.
Radio presenter Victoria Derbyshire, who will host the broadcast, told the Independent newspaper April 23 that she wants to give listeners “an insight into an area of British life which is taboo.
Originally posted by MarlboroRedCowgirl
Why put these woman through more trauma?