BBC HOMEPAGE | NEWS | WORLD SERVICE | SPORT | MY BBC low graphics | help
news vote 2001search vote 2001
 You are in: Vote2001: Wales
VOTE2001 
Main Issues 
Features 
Crucial Seats 
Key People 
Parties 
Results &  Constituencies 
Candidates 
Opinion Polls 
Online 1000 
Virtual Vote 
Talking Point 
Forum 
AudioVideo 
Programmes 
Voting System 
Local Elections 
Nations 

N Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 

BBC News

BBC Sport

BBC Weather
Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Pro-life anger at 'scum' slur
ProLife Alliance logo
Election candidates for the anti-abortion Pro-Life Alliance have criticised a senior official of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) for describing them as "vile scum".

Director of communications for the BPAS Ann Furedi confirmed to BBC Wales that she stands by "every word" of her attack on the Alliance, which is putting up seven candidates in Wales.


You can't call people who are trying to defend life vile scum. The more that they do that the more they help us

ProLife Alliance member Josephine Quintavallee

Ms Furedi said she thought her description was actually "quite moderate".

She made her comments in an article for the online political website 'spiked!' in response to the successful BBC Wales court challenge to the Alliance's plans for a party election broadcast featuring graphic images.

Supporting the group's right to show the broadcast, she said: "It is also a shame that by banning a party political broadcast, the BBC also forces some of us who consider the Pro-Life Alliance to be vile scum to defend their right to put their case in the way they choose."

Ms Furedi also describes Alliance members as "dishonest, manipulative, irrational, ignorant fanatics who patronise women..."

Pro Life Alliance candidate Madeline Jeremy
Madeline Jeremy expressed shock at the comments.

Alliance candidate Madeline Jeremy said: "I wonder if she had to use these words because she couldn't defend herself against what we are saying."

Ms Jeremy went on to say she was "amazed and shocked" that Ms Furedi would "go down to that level".

"We've obviously rattled them," she said.

Ms Furedi said she stood by the article, and pointed out that she was supporting the Alliance's right to free speech.

Reflecting on her comments, she said: "I actually think that's quite a moderate way of describing people who are standing on a ticket of trying to prevent women their right to end pregnancy."


It is also a shame that by banning a party political broadcast, the BBC also forces some of us who consider the Pro-Life Alliance to be vile scum to defend their right to put their case in the way they choose

Ann Furedi of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

She said she had had her own home address put up on the web "with the suggestion that people make their views known to me".

Ms Furedi said the BPAS was a charity and did not advocate a vote for or against any particular candidate.

But Josephine Quintavallee, a founder of the Alliance, claimed that the BPAS received government funding because it organises abortions which are sub-contracted by the NHS.

She said the BPAS were shooting themselves in the foot with such comments.

"You can't call people who are trying to defend life vile scum. The more that they do that the more they help us," she said.

 A/V CONSOLE
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS

Latest stories

Issues: Pensions

TALKING POINT

INTERACT
PARTY WEB LINKS



The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Related stories:

24 May 01 |  Vote2001
Pro-life party loses TV fight
21 May 01 |  Parties
ProLife Alliance
13 May 01 |  Health
Men's abortion leaflet launched
©BBC