The British press were awash with a most bizarre story about the mystery of a closed abortion centre yesterday. The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Breitbart news, CDA news, IB Times and Belfast Telegraph all covered the story.
For months, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service has been leading a rather muddled and misleading campaign about “Backing Off” claiming pro-life campaigns to have caused harassment to women. The problem with the story is that there is no evidence of any harassment or intimidation happening. So they have to invent lies and mislead politicians. Read about the real story of harassment here.
So it was farcical to read yesterday that the British Pregnancy Advisory Service had claimed that a clinic had closed, but refused to reveal which one! Their press office is so muddled – they can’t get the right story correct. I had rather interesting correspondence with their Press Office recently, correcting their factually inaccurate story on BBC radio – and received a pleasantly abusive reply from Abagail Fitzgibbon – at the centre of “A centre has closed but I won’t tell you which one” fiasco.
Let me jog Abagail’s memory about which clinic closed. It’s probably where she used to work. Why it closed I have never fully articulated, but can only leave to speculation. There was a rather large BPAS abortion centre that used to exist at Bedford Square in Central London, but is no longer there. It went missing, and the press can’t find it or work out what happened! Press coverage has a history of farce on this topic. Read all about the closure of Bedford Square BPAS here. There was almost no press coverage when the centre closed, and BPAS certainly don’t want to talk about it, which was manifestly evident yesterday.
There’s plenty of great stories for journalists out there if they really did their research, including bizarre occurrences, disdain of politics, Orwellian doublespeak, flaws in the provision of abortion, fascinating facts and free speech restrictions.
Perhaps the best story of all is a former abortion worker (Marie Stopes employee) who refused to comply with their anti-patient protocols and threatened to expose their behaviour. He received racist comments at work along with bullying, before being given false charges of sexual assault leading to a high profile crown court trial in March 2009 with the attendant media frenzy. The shocking racism and bullying through the hands of Sue Smooker and Julie Ackroyd along with the senior managers at the London office left the employee with long term psychiatric damage. Employees of Marie Stopes falsely accused one of their staff of sexual harassment. Marie Stopes employees were happy to lie in court about events while a former employee was bullied and racially abused at work. The perpetrators of racism and bullying got promoted in the organisation.
The abortion industry is a money driven business. Once you have a license it is just money all the way. You don’t pay taxes because you are a charity, you employ vulnerable doctors and nurses at cheap rates and exploit vulnerable girls from Ireland, Scotland and England. The managers make huge bonuses, go on expensive skiing holidays, buy designer clothes and shoes and watch porn during working hours and organise sex theme parties. Medical decisions are taken by non-medical managers. Employees are forced to counter sign consent forms without having seen the patient and often in advance. Employees have been forced to anaesthetise against the protocols of the Royal College and they told their employees that the GMC and Royal Colleges were in their pockets. In Ealing, West London, Marie Stopes have ambulances regularly called to the abortion centre (4 in a 40 day time period in 2013), as they arrive to deal with the issue of botched abortions. An Irish woman died in the same centre in January 2012, shortly afterwards, Dr Phanuel Dartey was struck off the General Medical Register in Britain for almost killing a woman in the same centre. Another Marie Stopes employee performed botched surgery on five patients after claiming he could revolutionise their sex lives.
In the USA, media reporting of Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts is beyond farcical. Here we have a story of the nation’s largest abortion provider caught on camera selling body parts, and the national media are silent or disingenuous on the matter. The classic media frame of a big, bad organisation picking on an innocent, vulnerable victim is ignored for the sake of ideology. Most of the mainstream media organisations have attempted to spin the story, or ignore it completely. It’s not the first – there are 8 other videos worth seeing about Planned Parenthood. Perhaps some bright British journalists should be asking if we are selling aborted body baby parts in the United Kingdom, rather than just regurgitating the BPAS press release nonsense like a cat vomiting on its own vomit.
How about some serious journalism on the topic of abortion? That’s objective stories, not just press releases from BPAS, not the same nonsense, but serious, objective, accurate and to the point. It’s not that hard.