Breda O'Brien: Media not doing its job properly when covering abortion

BAI upheld some complaints about radio coverage but there is a systemic problem

The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) (Foetal Pain Relief) Bill was sponsored by a group of 11 TDs proposing that the unborn child be given pain relief during late-term abortions. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) (Foetal Pain Relief) Bill was sponsored by a group of 11 TDs proposing that the unborn child be given pain relief during late-term abortions. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

In a relatively rare event this week, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upheld complaints (though only in part) about abortion coverage.

The complaints concerned a full day of programmes featuring the 2018 abortion referendum on Newstalk radio last December.

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