The website “The Spinoff” this week features an article by Alex Braae entitled “Stare-off on Dominion Rd: anti-abortion vs pro-choice at Auckland’s 40 Days for Life vigil”
The piece begins with the statement “Is the daily anti-abortion vigil for Lent a peaceful, prayer-focused protest, or is it more intimidating than that?”
Braae is a Newstalk ZB producer and a student journalist. His latest article descends quickly into levels of bias and pro-abortion ideology that would normally only be seen in rants on the Abortion Law Reform Association website.
Braae attempts to portray the peaceful 40 Days for Life Vigils which have resulted in the saving of thousands of lives world wide, in negative terms and as being intimidatory. Being a student of journalism and a radio producer one would perhaps expect Mr Braae to know that the right to freedom of assembly, freedom to protest and free speech are integral and necessary parts of a democratic society.
From a balanced journalism perspective it is all pretty much downhill from the start although Braae does gives lip service here and there, to quoting 40 Days for Life and Family Life International director Michael Lorentz. eg, “Abortion cannot be treated as a health issue… because it adversely destroys the health of the unborn child.”
Statements made by Braae such as ‘The disconnect between them and a society that has largely accepted abortion is deep.” and “The vigils of groups like Family Life International are among the last bastions of confrontational Christianity in New Zealand,” show how out of touch Braae actually is in relation to the depth of opposition to abortion there is throughout the country.
No Mr Braae large sections of New Zealand society still reject the claim that abortion is a settled issue. What actually is being confronted here is not just something that is opposed by those who are Christians. Who would argue the fact that the killing of innocent human beings is always wrong? Unborn children are innocent human beings. Therefore abortion is wrong. [Read more…]