BBC slammed for giving platform to controversial anti-abortion activist

Nick Reilly
Susan Anne White appeared on the BBC last night (Picture: YouTube)
Susan Anne White appeared on the BBC last night (Picture: YouTube)

The BBC have been criticised after a controversial anti-abortion activist appeared on a primetime TV show.

Susan Ann White attracted controversy after she appeared on Nolan Live, a topical debate show that airs on BBC One Northern Ireland every week hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live host Stephen Nolan.

Mrs White has previously been widely condemned after stating her belief that homosexuality should be re-criminalised, along with strong stances against abortion and feminism.

‘I tell them the truth’, she said of her anti homosexuality stance in 2015.

‘The person who is not a friend, the person who is the enemy to the homosexual is the person who pats them on the back and says their lifestyle is perfectly normal and acceptable.’

Now, the BBC have been condemned after White was given a platform to discuss her response to the news that women in Northern Ireland will be permitted to travel to the UK for abortions.

After being criticised for her divisive rhetoric, viewers soon directed their anger in the direction of the BBC.

‘This is appalling. Susan Ann White is clearly not a well person but her words cause so much harm to so many women’, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long wrote on Twitter.

Another said: ‘Susan Ann White should NOT be given any airtime. this show is a disgrace.’

The latest BBC criticism comes after the corporation’s internal complaints unit ruled that the views of climate sceptic Lord Lawson should have been challenged in an interview from August.

The ex-chancellor claimed in an interview with the Today programme that ‘official figures’ proved average world temperatures had ‘slightly declined’

The view, proven to be false by the Met Office, was not challenged on air.