Friday, June 25, 2010

Be careful of lazy journalists

Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519)
The baby in the womb 1510-1512
Pen over red chalk
The Royal Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) today released two working party reports Fetal Awareness and Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality.

As a result of an expert press briefing, the papers in the United Kingdom also said all the same thing:

"Human fetuses cannot feel pain before the age of 24 weeks, a British medical association said Friday — delivering a setback for anti-abortion activists campaigning to lower the country's 24-week time limit"

It is part of the campaign against lowering the abortion time limit to 20-24 weeks.

Both reports are available at the above link for the RCOG.

Prime Minister David Cameron had backed reducing the limit to between 20 and 22 weeks before he came to power in May. The House of Commons voted in 2008 to keep the existing limit, and Cameron's office issued a statement today saying no changes were planned in the policy. It said the prime minister would be led in his decision by science.

Of course the question is irrelevant as to whether abortion should be allowed or not. Terminating pregnancies is wrong.

But it is clear that those who wish to change the time limit are faced with an uphill struggle against a well funded and well connected campaign not to alter the existing liberal abortion law which prevails in the UK

In the UK there are about 3000 abortions per year above the twenty week limit.

If you look at the Report carefully you will see that it simpl does not support the headlines in all today`s papers. Such is the power and wonder of black propaganda.

I would hazard a guess from the similar wording of all newspaper reports and headlines that the newspapers have simpl taken the handout or press release given to them and repeated the same wihout thought or amendment and without actually looking at what the Report said.