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TV 3 News – Complaint
I wish to lodge a formal complaint against an item that was presented in an item in the 6pm News on Wednesday 19 June 2013. The item was concerning the abortion statistics for 2012 released that day by Statistics New Zealand.
The pro-life movement is disappointed that one of the following organisations was not contacted and invited to make an informed comment on the very important abortion statistics for 2012…
My complaint is that in my opinion the item breaches the Free-To-Air Television Code of Broadcasting Practice Standard 4 – Controversial Issue - Viewpoints.
My complaint is that the item included comment only from the pro-abortion organisation Abortion Law Reform Association, (ALRANZ). This organisation has a national membership of about 100 members and clearly has very minimal support in the community. The organisation is currently conducting with the New Zealand Family Planning Association a national campaign to have abortion decriminalised; this would remove any legal protection for the right to life of children in the womb. A woman would then be able to request an abortion for any reason or for no reason for the whole nine months of pregnancy up to birth.
We uphold the right of ALRANZ to exercise the right of free speech, we do however believe that the views expressed by ALRANZ are ill informed and are in our opinion, not in the best interest of women. Dr Healey, the President of ALRANZ states that contraception appears to be playing a role in the continued decline in abortions, this is pure conjecture as there has been no research conducted in New Zealand that would sustain that conclusion. Overseas research has shown that the more contraception there is, the more abortions there will be. ALRANZ recognises this and believes that we need to be able to kill the unborn who have been created as a result of failed contraceptives. It should be noted that fifty per cent of the babies killed in 2012 were conceived allegedly as a result of failed contraceptives, that is a total of more than 7,350 innocent and defenceless pre-born babies. We believe that the main reason the number of abortions is declining is that there is a growing recognition that abortion is violence against women and that it wounds them. There is also an increased awareness that each abortion destroys a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation.
Organisations like ALRANZ do not support abstinence education in schools to promote chastity before marriage and faithfulness within marriage, which is the only way our nation is going to reduce the epidemic of STDs, unwanted pregnancies, abandoned mothers and abortions.
It is the view of Right to Life that the statement made by the National Secretary of ALRANZ that “spending money on funding contraception and improving contraceptive access was both fiscally smart and socially responsible.” is questionable. Jadelle and Mirena, lauded by ALRANZ, both have a three-fold mode of action. They inhibit ovulation, thicken cervical mucus, and alter the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) so that its degree of receptivity to the blastocyst (early developing human being) is significantly decreased. The mode of action of both Mirena and Jadelle are based upon a timed release of the abortifacient levenorgestrel; this means that a woman using either will occasionally ovulate and conceive and will therefore be aborting at least once or twice each year. Both of these potent drugs are abortifacent and destroy a newly conceived human being before implantation. We believe that we are not going to promote respect for women by encouraging them to fill their bodies with dangerous chemicals. Contraception and abortion are both part of a culture of death.
Both Mirena and Jadelle are manufactured by Bayer Schering Pharma AG. We are disappointed that your inclusion of comment from ALRANZ gave the manufacturer of these dangerous drugs free advertising on prime time television. It is mentioned that Bayer the manufacturer of Mirena is currently defending a class action in the court in New York for damage done by Mirena to women.
The pro-life movement is disappointed that one of the following organisations was not contacted and invited to make an informed comment on the very important abortion statistics for 2012; they are Family Life International, Right to Life, Voice for Life, Pro-life NZ and Family First. These organisations have the support of tens of thousands of New Zealanders, many of whom have been damaged by abortion.It is known that all of these organisations had issued a media release on the day that the abortion statistics were released by Statistics New Zealand. It is disappointing that with the objective of achieving balance, some comments in defence of women and of life were not included in your news item.