BBC Is a lesson removed this weekend after protests on its educational platform BBC ByteSize that it promoted the views of an “extremely anti-abortion group”.
Health experts complained that the Religious Studies Amendment guide listed arguments against abortion, included the term “pro-life” instead of “anti-abortion” and featured a group campaigning for a ban on abortion in the UK. which has a record of promoting misinformation. About the pain felt by the fetus and the process known as “abortion reversal”.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) celebrated the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, which ended American women’s constitutional right to abortion.
The group was described on the BBC platform as a “pro-life” charity that “advocates the rights of unborn children,” promotes the “sanctity of human life” and “supports individuals and families through pregnancy”. supports.” No pro-choice organizations were mentioned.
In addition to the mention of the SPUC, the same BBC resource also listed “powerful arguments against abortion”, while another section on ‘Abortion Alternatives’ suggested abortion, natural family planning, but as ways to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Not as a contraceptive.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service raised concerns about providing information to adolescents about abortion options, saying it was “absurd” that the diagram did not mention contraception.
the broadcaster told Guardian The newspaper is now reviewing the material in its Religious Studies Guide, aimed at GCSE students between the ages of 15 and 16. Content has been temporarily removed. The BBC told the Guardian that the material was based on the WJEC exam board’s syllabus, so included a reference to the SPUC.
However, the WJEC’s examination board told the newspaper that the study resources featured on the BBC forum were developed without their participation, and that the WJEC curriculum examined opposing views on abortion, which, they said, did not advocate for any particular does not, and do not support the content.
The BBC website says the Bitsize guides are “written by teachers and subject matter experts and mapped to follow the UK curriculum.”
This follows criticism of the BBC radio presenter’s repeated use of the term “pro-life” in an interview following the Supreme Court ruling. today Amol Rajan, the presenter of the news program, twice used the word on air to describe the opponent.abortion Promoter.