By Hilary White
LONDON, August 30, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Times of London has been corrected by US pro-life group Rock for Life after it claimed that a US pop singer is pro-life. On August 25, the Times newspaper ran the headline “Pro-life Rockers Clash with Amnesty,” and claimed that the decision of the international rights organisation to support abortion as a “human right” was clashing with some well-known rock and pop stars who opposed abortion.
The pop singers, Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne, the Times claimed, had “made statements against abortion,” and were “among contributors to an Amnesty CD released to raise money for survivors of the atrocities in Darfur”.
Erik Whittington, head of American Life League’s Rock for Life, however, contacted LifeSiteNews.com independently, correcting the Times. He wrote in an email that the Times had “attributed information to me that was actually meant to be attributed to themselves.”
“I never said that Aguilera or Lavigne were pro-life. Actually Aguilera is a well known abortion supporter,” Whittington said.
Indeed, in 2004, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, recruited Aguilera, along with other American celebrities to participate in an abortion rally. Planned Parenthood, along with the National Organisation of Women, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health enlisted the support of a large list of Hollywood celebrities to boost attendance at their April 25 “March for Women’s Lives” promotional event.
The Times quoted Whittington saying that he would be writing to the various rockers who contributed to the Darfur CD to ask for their views. “The manipulation of musicians to fund this hypocrisy is maddening,” Wittington said.
He said it was adding “insult to injury,” and “is hypocritical and beyond belief” to use the situation in Darfur as a means of raising money for what is now merely another abortion-promoting organisation.
A number of prominent pro-life and pro-family news sites picked up the innacurate Times coverage.
Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Planned Parenthood Recruits Numerous Hollywood Celebrities to Promote Pro-Abortion “March for Women’s Lives”
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