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I wish to lodge a formal complaint on behalf of Right to Life against an item on the Alabama State passing legislation to ban abortion in Alabama which featured on the Project at 7 PM on 16 May, 2019.
My complaint is that the item breached the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s standards Standard 6 Discrimination and Denigration, Standard 8 Balance and Standard 9 Accuracy.
Standard 6 Discrimination and Denigration. In my opinion the presenter Kanoa Lloyd denigrated the Alabama State legislature by introducing the item by showing a brief video of a Senator speaking in defence of the bill by talking about the sanctity of life of the unborn child. This video was introduced by the presenter in a mocking manner which revealed her contempt for what was said about the sanctity of life of the unborn child, the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family. The presenter is to be commended however for recognising that the unborn child is a baby. She discriminated against men by questioning why 25 Republican male Senators inthe Alabama State legislature had the right to ban abortions in Alabama when it was a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.
It is important to protect the human rights of women. It is misleading to infer that this important legislation was passed solely by men. The presenter failed to note that this important bill was signed and passed by the Governor of Alabama Kay Ivy, a woman. As Governor she had the power to veto this legislation by refusing to sign it. It is therefore contended that it was a woman who made the final decision to enact this legislation banning abortion inthe interest of protecting women and their unborn from violence. Gov. Kay Ivey stated:
“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
It is discrimination against men to state that men have no right to pass laws that restrict” a woman’sright to make decisions about her reproductive choices “. The male Senators have been elected by the women and men of Alabama to legislate for the whole community, in voting to ban abortion the Senators are acting on behalf of thewomen and men who have elected them.
It is the first duty of every legislature to legislate for the protection of the right to life of every human being in thecommunity from conception to natural death. The Alabama Senate has therefore courageously fulfilled its duty to protect the right to life of all its unborn; by banning abortion. It should be noted that this ban protects thefundamental right of women to be born.
Abortion is violence against women and the unborn who are the weakest and most defenceless members of thehuman family. The male Senators have a duty to protect women from the violence of abortion, by banning abortion they are fulfilling that duty.
Alabama abortion statistics reveal that sixty per cent of abortions in Alabama are on Negro women, therefore a ban on abortions would save the lives of many Negro babies. Black lives matter. Opposing the ban effectively discriminates against babies of colour.
The presenter discriminated against children conceived in rape by expressing concern that the ban on abortions would prevent the child being aborted. This is discriminatory to the child, we do not have capital punishment for therapist, why should we have a death sentence for the innocent child for the crime of its father?
Studies done in the United States reveal that the majority of women who have tragically conceived in rape carry their baby to birth because they saw an abortion as being further violence following the violence of rape. Studies also reveal that many women who had an abortion considered the violence of abortion worse than the violence ofthe rape. They were able to deal with the psychological damage of the rape but the violence of the abortion was devastating and long lasting.
Standard 8. Balance. The item lacked Balance. The item inferred that the question of whether the child in thewomb should be killed or permitted to live was solely a decision for the mother. Every child has a father who has a duty to protect the mother and the life of his child. The item gave no recognition to the rights and duties of thefather to protect his child.
The item focused on a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. Abortion is not only about a woman’s body. In every pregnancy there are two persons with rights, the mother and her child. The item gave no recognition to the child and its right to be born. A woman has an absolute right to decide whether she wishes to engage in acts of pro- creation, become a mother and become pregnant with child. From the moment of implantation the woman is a mother and she has a duty to nurture and protect her child.
Standard 9. Accuracy. The presenter was incorrect in stating that the law in New Zealand makes women liars and criminals. The Crimes Act section 183 Procuring abortion by any means prohibits the killing of unborn children in an abortion.  states the woman or girl shall not be charged as a party to an offence against this section. Anecdotal evidence from women who have sought an abortion reveals that women are not required to lie about their mental health in order to have their request for an abortion, many say that their mental health was not discussed.
The presenter also was incorrect in saying that women were forced to raise the child that is not true there is theloving life nurturing option of open adoption into a loving home.
The presenter also stated that 1 in 5 women have to have this procedure, this is untrue no woman has to have an abortion.
In conclusion abortion is violence against women and the unborn, women deserve better than abortion. Women have a right to be born and not to be violently dismembered in their mother’s womb. This is the ultimate discrimination against women.