Hypocrisy in Government and Media on the Right to Life of Pre-Born Babies (16 September 2003)

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Dear Editor

Hypocrisy in Government and Media

On Monday 15 September 2003, The Cape Argus ran a front-page sensational headline - "Three little Cape Flats girls killed". One of the incidents featured a 21-year old mother who had given birth in a shower, only to stab her little baby to death with a pair of scissors within two hours of its birth. The police have rightly opened a murder case docket.

However, the question must be asked: what is the difference between this killing and the killing of over 300,000 pre-born babies since abortion was legalised in February 1997? In some cases, just a few hours. In other cases, instead of the mother taking the life of the child, medical personnel have murdered the child with full state approval. This mother did not use taxpayer's money to kill her child like abortionists do.

This murder of a helpless baby is a horrific incident. I am merely pointing out the hypocrisy of government, to charge this mother with murder, while babies a few hours younger have no legal protection, even under a Constitution that explicitly protects the "right to life."

Furthermore, is the media not also hypocritical? Why run with this sensational headline? Is it out of concern for the sanctity of innocent life, or merely to increase sales? Back in February of this year, both the Cape Times and Cape Argus refused Africa Christian Action permission to publish a memorial to all the unborn babies who lost their lives through abortion within their Obituary columns. Even though Africa Christian Action was willing to pay for the obituary, the Argus refused to print it. On what grounds is a small obituary refused in the loving memory of babies of this country?

October 5 is International Life Chain Sunday, where millions of people around the world line the streets "to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves". So far, for the last 12 years the local newspapers have ignored these International Life Chains. Will the Cape Argus and Cape Times be objective, fair and tolerant enough to cover this pro-life event? We'll have to wait and see.

Rob Mc Cafferty
Communications Director

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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