Tory MP attacks BBC for using term ‘anti-abortion’ instead of ‘pro-life’

Mr Bone is reputed to be on the right of the Conservative Party and has previously voted to cut the abortion deadline to 12 weeks – a point at which some women do not even know they are pregnant (PA Archive)

A Tory MP has attacked the BBC for using the term ‘anti-abortion’ rather than the phrase pro-life.

Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough, told radio station LBC he was ‘disappointed’ the BBC was using the term ‘anti-abortion’ rather than ‘pro-life’ – adding it fell into the category so-called pro-life.

Mr Bone is reputed to be to the right of the Conservative Party and has previously voted to cut the abortion deadline to 12 weeks – a point at which some women do not even know they are pregnant – from the current legal threshold of 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Jonathan Lord, medical director of MSI Reproductive Choices UK, a leading abortion provider, criticized Mr Bone’s comments as he warned that media publications should never use the term pro-life when they were discussing abortion.

“Pro-life is a misnomer because restricting abortion puts women at risk to their lives, as was recently shown by the American woman vacationing in Malta who was denied a potentially life-saving abortion by doctors,” said Mr Lord. The Independent.

He noted the woman was prevented from having an abortion even though doctors said her baby had ‘no chance’ of surviving after she had to go to hospital with severe bleeding while she was pregnant. of 16 weeks. Malta has a complete ban on abortion, Mr Lord added.

“The term pro-life covers extreme beliefs that few agree with. It is a manipulative phrase that implies that those who believe in choice over abortion are not pro-life,” he said. -he declares.

“Anti-abortion activists impose their beliefs on others rather than allowing the individual to make a choice about what is best for their health.”

Mr Lord argued that the BBC was “precisely right” to use the term anti-abortion rather than the phrase pro-life.

A study, conducted by YouGov and MSI Reproductive Choices UK, previously found that nine out of 10 UK adults believe women should be able to access abortion services in Britain and specifically identify as ‘pro-choice’.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, explores the difference between pro-choice and pro-life expressions in an article on their website.

The provider says, “In general, people who identify as pro-choice believe that everyone has the basic human right to decide when and if to have children.

“When you say you’re pro-choice, you’re telling people you think it’s okay for them to have the option of choosing abortion as an option for an unplanned pregnancy – even if you wouldn’t choose the abortion for yourself.

“People who oppose abortion often call themselves pro-life. However, the only life many of them care about is the life of the fertilized egg, embryo or fetus.

Those who are pro-life “are much less concerned about the lives of women who have unwanted pregnancies or the well-being of children after they are born,” says Planned Parenthood.

“In fact, many people who call themselves ‘pro-life’ support capital punishment (aka the death penalty) and oppose child protection legislation,” the nonprofit adds. .

A BBC representative has been contacted.

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