Dear Ms Norris,
Complaint- Breach of Press Council Guidelines
I wish to lodge a formal complaint against an article titled, ‘New contraception slows abortion rates’. This article was published on July 1 in section A5. It is alleged that the article is in breach of Principle 1, Accuracy, fairness and balance. Our submission is that in articles of controversy or disagreement and that a fair voice must be given to the opposition view.
Right to Life is pro-women, pro-family and has as its main objective to defend the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. This article had important comment from the Family Planning Association of New Zealand (FPA) on the very important subject of the abortion statistics for 2012. There was no comment from any pro-life organisation. We make the following points regarding the FPA.
- It is the major abortion referral agency in New Zealand.
- It supports the killing of unborn children as a backup for failed contraception. This is not a lawful ground for abortion in New Zealand.