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01 / 03 / 2010 - RTE`s "Scannal" Programme was agenda-driven propaganda - Youth Defence
By any standard RTE is unbecomingly unprofessional when it comes to abortion. Emotive pitches are frequently aired which favour abortion legislation, with barely a nod to the facts, to medical evidence, or to the emerging truth about the abortion industry. While Channel 4 and the New York Times have now at least acknowledged the reality of the abortion procedure, RTÉ is both parochial and ham-fisted in being an active lobbyist for the introduction of abortion.
The latest edition of Scannal dealing with the 1992 X case (broadcast on RTÉ 1 Monday 22 feb) came as no surprise then. Some 90% of the programme was taken up with the usual talking heads lamenting our pro-life laws, with solid agreement on the need for politicians to be “courageous” and to introduce legislation. Journalist Fintan O’Toole talked about political cowardice and about facing up to the abortion issue. Had any pro-life person been allowed to respond they would, of course, have agreed. There is an urgent need for the likes of O’Toole, and the other hacks who churn out these lame propaganda pieces, to face up to what they are actually advocating, and there is a need for politicians of courage who will defend the right to life of our most vulnerable and innocent citizens. O’Toole slipped up when he described the baby at the centre of the X case as a child (a look of annoyance crossing his face); a more honest programme would have described what that child’s fate was to be in a British abortion clinic.
Neither was the mounting evidence concerning the harm done to women by abortion mentioned. Scannal’s producers may claim that this was not the programme to deal with such evidence, but the point is that RTÉ persistently ignores the compelling evidence against abortion, and usually makes but a passing reference to the entire pro-life viewpoint, when making any programme on abortion.
We were also treated to the horrible spectacle of abortion supporters pretending that their concern during the X case was for the terrible situation the young rape victim was dealing with. Last year’s revelations regarding Miss C, who was dragged to social workers for an abortion without her knowledge or consent, has blown that particular pretence out of the water.
One of the few honest pieces in the programme was the interview with former Attorney General, Harry Whelehan, who explained why he defended the right to life of Baby X. "The problem was stark. There was an unborn child with a constitutional right to life. There was nobody to advocate the right of that child to be born other than the Attorney General.”
He also made the point that all the talking heads choose to ignore "I was very disappointed by the level of hysteria. It created an atmosphere which I think was very unhealthy."
Source: Youth Defence