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BBC – “shameless bias against right-to-life”

The BBC’s charter agreement@ requires it to maintain impartiality on all controversial issues, with section 44 saying the corporation must “do all it can to ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and impartiality in all relevant output.”


However the BBC’s official style guide@, which applies to thousands of BBC journalists across the world, states, “Avoid pro-abortion, and use pro-choice instead.” The reason given is, “Campaigners favour a woman's right to choose, rather than abortion itself.”  One could just as easily argue use pro-abortion because campaigners favour abortion as an option rather than respecting the rights of unborn human life.

The style guide also says, “And use anti-abortion rather than pro-life, except where it is part of the title of a group's name.” No reason is given for this instruction.

Peter D. Williams, of campaign group Right to Life, told Breitbart London@, “The BBC’s ‘News Style Guide’, is an utterly shameless example of institutional bias against the right-to-life movement, and for the abortion lobby.

“They have entirely ignored the standard terms for the right-to-life position, and reduced it – without any reason given – to simply being ‘anti-abortion’. This is a rhetorical tactic, and an explicit violation of journalistic objectivity that is utterly unacceptable in a public broadcaster.

“Whether or not BBC bias on life issues is unconscious or pathological, this document shows that is systemic, and that the BBC staff who composed it, either cynically or in gross ignorance, have stacked the language of the debate in abortion lobbyists’ favour.”