Complaint – Family Planning Investing in Contraception in Keribati
I wish to lodge a formal complaint against the interview of Amelia Langford of Jacob Daube and Dr Christine Roke of the New Zealand Family Planning Association. Also included was Suzanne Ehlers, the President, and CEO of Population Action International. The interview was aired on Monday morning, the 3 November, 2013, on the Dateline Pacific programme. My complaint is that the interview breached Principle [d] of the Code of Practice for free to air radio. The principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view, either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest.
The programme featured members of the international population control movement and their intention to change the culture in Kiribati to accept contraception and abortion. It is readily acknowledged that Kiribati has a serious demographic problem that is however not going to be solved with contraception, sterilisation and abortion. It is contended that with contraception Family Planning and its allies are exerting pressure on the government to decriminalise abortion to be available as a backup for so called failed contraceptives.