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Complainant Name:
Mr Douglas Johnson, the Legislative Director of the US National Right to Life Committee

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian

Complaint:
Mr Douglas Johnson, the Legislative Director of the US National Right to Life Committee, complained that two articles on the subject of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act contained inaccuracies. He contended that it was inaccurate for the reports to have claimed that the abortions to be banned by the bill were “generally performed in the second or third trimester of pregnancy if the foetus is so malformed it would die at birth, or if continued pregnancy puts the woman's life at risk” and that the method “was only generally used for hydrocephalic babies and involves collapsing their enlarged skulls” and was “a last resort used during the final stages of pregnancy when the foetus is fatally malformed”. The complainant asserted that such claims had been disproved in the US media, who had come to accept that the majority of partial birth abortions were performed for social reasons.

Resolution:
The newspaper published a letter from the complainant.

Report: 63



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