What The Papers Say: Boots feels the wrath of anti-abortion lobby

A pilot joint venture between Boots, the Greater Glasgow Community and an NHS Trust was announced on 1 December. The scheme is offering an accessible location for a regular family planning clinic, open to younger teenagers.

A pilot joint venture between Boots, the Greater Glasgow Community

and an NHS Trust was announced on 1 December. The scheme is offering an

accessible location for a regular family planning clinic, open to

younger teenagers.



Reporting was confrontational from the start and the number of quotes

from anti-family planning organisations, such as the Catholic Church and

Life, narrowly outnumbered supporters’ statements. The announcement

stressed the high degree of responsibility - only Lynda Lee Potter in

the Daily Mail, ignored that. Arguments for Boots also used statistics

displaying the problem. The counter arguments represented predictions of

an increase in pregnancies and abortions. The words ’retailing morality’

appeared in an article arguing that Boots’ involvement must be for

commercial gain in the Sunday Telegraph. Death threats were made to the

retail staff before the opening which made the Scotsman point out the

moral issue raised by pro-lifers threatening to kill.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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