Dear Mrs Major
North & South – Complaint – The Value of Life
I wish to lodge a complaint against the magazine North & South in respect of the article titled ‘The Value of Life’, which was featured in the October edition. My complaint is that the article breaches the Press Council Statement of Principles 1 Accuracy, Fairness and Balance.
It is noted that in this article of nine pages, approximately one quarter to three quarters of one page in total, is dedicated to pro-life comment; the remainder is devoted to the promotion of abortion as a necessary health service. Approximately 20 persons were interviewed in this article but only three who defended life. The other 17 are supportive of the killing of unborn children. Twelve of these were abortion activists. The article features the stories of four women who had an abortion and who did not reveal any damage inflicted on their health. There are many women in our community who are suffering a lifetime of physical and terrible psychological damage, as a result of their child being killed in an abortion. Why were none of these women interviewed and given the opportunity of warning other women of the potential suffering, that results from abortion?
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the world yet we refuse to accept that abortion is the ultimate in child abuse. How can parliament pass legislation that makes it an offence to smack a child yet approves and funds as a core health service, the killing of the child before birth?