Channel 4’s religious and ethical programme 4Thought will this week cover the topic of abortion. Beginning on Monday 15th November after Channel 4 News, and running until Sunday 21st, 4Thought will show a series of short films in which individuals will give their personal views of the subject.
We are delighted that Professor Wendy Savage, retired consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and renowned pro-choice advocate, will appear on the programme, which will also include contributions from John Smeaton, Director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, and from Dr Trevor Stammers, anti-choice GP and lecturer in bio-ethics.
The programme is broadcast following Channel 4 News, at 7.55pm from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th, at 7.25pm on Friday 19th, at 6.55pm on Saturday 20th and at 7.55pm on Sunday 21st.
Channel 4 has launched a new website, allowing viewers to air their views on the programme and we would encourage our supporters to visit the site and contribute their pro-choice comments to the discussion this week.
The full schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday 15th November, 7.55pm – Rachel Bass
Practising Christian Rachel Bass decided to have an abortion after discovering her baby was severely disabled, but believes that God understands the difficult decision she had to make.
Tuesday 16th November, 7.55pm – Dr Trevor Stammers
Dr Trevor Stammers is a Christian who has been a practising GP for over 30 years. He refuses to personally refer women for abortions and believes there is a growing uneasiness in the medical profession about the vast numbers of abortions performed simply because women see children as a “social inconvenience”.
Wednesday 17th November, 7.55pm – Professor Wendy Savage
Professor Wendy Savage is a retired obstetrician and gynaecologist and the co-ordinator of Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion. She believes that abortion is an important medical procedure and that religious groups should not tell women what they should do with their lives.
Thursday 18th November, 7.55pm – John Smeaton
National Director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child John Smeaton is fundamentally opposed to abortion in all cases. He believes that the same arguments that were used to justify slavery are now being used to justify abortion.
Friday 19th November, 7.25pm – Cat Stark
Twenty-seven year old Cat Stark had an abortion when she fell pregnant at university. She believes that it is patronising that women have to satisfy a list of criteria before being allowed an abortion and thinks that the 24 week time limit should be removed, as women are best-placed to make decisions about their own bodies.
Saturday 20th November, 6.55pm – Kiran Kaur
Sikh Kiran Kaur has a six-month-old daughter and is dismayed that women in the Asian community are still aborting their female babies for social reasons. She believes this is fundamentally at odds with the Sikh faith which preaches the equality of men and women.
Sunday 21st November, 7.55pm – Lucy Cavendish
Writer Lucy Cavendish had two abortions before starting her family. She viewed them as practical not moral decisions, and thinks it is wrong to bring a baby into the world that you do not want.