Why the senators race matters in reporting the Alabama abortion ban | Paul Chadwick

Readers argued it was wrong to highlight that the men who voted in the measure were white. But it was central to the story, says the readers editor Paul Chadwick Why, demanded several readers, does BBC guidelines express a rationale that is widely shared among journalism codes: Content may reflect the prejudice and disadvantage which exist in societies worldwide but we should not perpetuate it. In some instances, references to race may be relevant to portrayal. However, we should avoid careless or offensive stereotypical assumptions and people should only be described in such terms when editorially justified. In this Alabama case, I believe race was highly pertinent. An important aspect of this story is representation, or lack of it. The …

Alabama’s abortion ban shows the chilling effect of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment | Jill Filipovic

The goal of anti-abortion campaigners is to overturn Roe v Wade. With todays radical, activist, rightwing supreme court, they may succeed There is a war on American women. On Tuesday night, Alabama voted to outlaw abortion entirely. Doctors who perform the procedure could go to prison for 99 years, simply for providing healthcare that one in four American women obtains at some point in her life. The law offers no exception for rape or incest victims because, as the Republican lawmaker Clyde Chambliss said, When God creates the miracle of life inside a womans womb, it is not our place as human beings to extinguish that life. This is todays pro-life movement: arguing that pre-teen girls who are raped and …