Archive for May, 2009

Abortion Adverts on T.V.

May 19th, 2009

I was recently handed a leaflet which had been produced by S.P.U.C (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children). It was a pretty basic leaflet, reflecting the funds that they have to spend on such materials.

Evidently in the UK, the Advertising Standards Agency are reviewing whether or not they should allow abortion to be advertised on TV. In my opinion, It’ll be a bit of a watershed if it gets through.

I say this as TV is a broadcast medium. Messages on TV are broadcast unchecked, and the information is delivered to the audience whether or not they ask for it. Too many vulnerable young ladies who watch TV will then be subjected to biased information on the nature of abortion, and the affects that it has on both the physical and emotional state of that person. If abortion is the solution, then there are far more important questions to be asked than just ‘Where do I get an abortion?’ I’m all for freedom of information, and I believe that everyone should have the choice to make as to accessing the information, however, I object to the information being piped to our TV screens, when in reality something with as much consequence as an abortion should be dealt with at a personal level.

It saddens me to think that we should be allowing this in Britain. Just a few weeks ago in India I was told about a Billboard Advert over there. It is necessary for a family to pay a dowry to a husband as a ‘thank you’ for taking their daughter’s hand in marriage. However, due to poverty and the traditionally high levels of said dowry, many families consider it a burden to have a female child. The advert went as follows:

“Spend 10,000 Rs. now [on an abortion] and save 1,000,000 Rs. later.”

It is now illegal for Doctors to provide the parents with the gender of the baby – yet of all the children born in India, currently less than 20% are female.

Let’s not go down the route of trivialising abortion, by allowing those who have the money to spend on the marketing to advertise to the young and vulnerable girls of Britain. Let this information be provided in a situation where the woman can fully understand the consequences of their decision.

One week to go!

May 7th, 2009

It’s come around very fast, but in a weeks time I’ll be just about to land at heathrow, after a great trip to India.  I’ve done so much stuff since I’ve been here, and honestly believe that it’s going to have a profound affect upon my character.  

The one thing that has really struck me is the moral arguments and reasoning that I’ve been forced to consider; though not necessarily directly affecting me – but people very close to me out here.  I know now to value social services much more than I currently do, and I already respect the NHS for providing me with fantastic healthcare in the few occasions that I’ve had need to call upon it for help.

After reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography last week, I made much of the link between S.A. and India in S.A’s fight for equal rights and the abolition of apartheid.  There’s so much political wrangling – especially now during the elections.  

I really hope I can come back to India.  It’s a fantastic country, with lovely people.. just a shame that at the moment it’s so hot!

The Starfish Story

May 6th, 2009

A man was walking along a beach when in the distance he could see a small boy down on the shore line. As he got closer he could see the hundreds and thousands of starfish, washed up by an unusually strong tide, and left for dead stranded on the beach.

The man paused and watched the little boy repeatedly bending down, picking each starfish up one by one and tossing it back into the water.

The man approached the little boy and said “Young man, what are you doing?   Stop as you will tire yourself out, there are too many starfish  stranded that you can’t make a difference here.”

The young boy with tears in his eyes looked up at the older man, stooped down silently, picked up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean.

It made a difference to that one” he said.