Abortion Rights Blog

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Model Letter to the BBC

Subject: “NI woman charged over abortion pills”

I was disappointed to read Chris Buckler’s “NI woman charged over abortion pills” article, published on the BBC on 27 October 2016.

This article is highly problematic because it includes false and biased information regarding abortion medication. Rather than relying on scientific data to inform the public that abortion pills are medically safe, Buckler used misinformation to publish a medically inaccurate article.

This article hurts women, by spreading false information that leads to further stigmatisation surrounding abortion procedures. I believe that the BBC needs to address the issues in this publication and issue an updated article with the correct facts, as well as an apology to those who may have been affected by the ignorance displayed in Buckler’s article.

The abortion pill is one of the abortion methods recommended by the World Health Organisation, and it is also on the WHO Essential Medicines List that medical abortion has been deemed safer than the use of antibiotics. The article also mentions that “the current law prohibits the use of abortion drugs throughout the UK,” which is simply not true, as mifepristone was approved for use in Britain in 1991 and is now legally prescribed to women under the Abortion Act of 1967.

In 2015, 45% of all abortions in England and Wales were medical abortions.

Feel free to get in touch with Abortion Rights or check our website  if you need any facts about abortion.

Yours sincerely,