A few weeks ago Libby Brooks wrote in the Guardian about how women’s right to have the choice on abortion was “under covert attack”. And she is right, except that the attacks are not very covert.
Then, this story emerged in the Guardian ten days ago:
At least eight submissions of written evidence have come from medical professionals who have not disclosed their membership of Christian groups opposed to abortion on faith grounds. Six of the doctors are members or activists with the Christian Medical Fellowship, an organisation that has given its own evidence to the inquiry.
Suspicion that contributors had not been transparent about their affiliations has led the clerk of the committee to take the unusual step of writing to all those who gave evidence asking them to disclose their links to any relevant organisations.
This has since bubbled away in the letters sections. Who doesn’t want to see more transparency over what organisations these contributors are linked to? Surely transparency is the hallmark of a vibrant democracy?
Clearly not Nadine Dorries MP, who declares that asking for people’s affiliations is a sign of “anti-faith prejudice“. And then she goes on to write a blog post of calling the bodies involved part of the “abortion industry” and saying that they have a financial interest in “ensuring that the number of abortions which take place in the UK remains amongst the highest in Europe“.
There’s only one word for it – callous. Clearly, there’s an army of doctors out there egging on women to have abortions just so they can keep the dollars flowing in. It just shows how debased this debate is within the Tory anti-abortion lobby that they use such fatuous arguments. Also, unsurprising we also find that Iain Dale is happily promoting such disgusting attitudes on his own blog using the same terminology – “abortion industry”. Is that the way to have a rational debate Iain? If you want to have an emotionally charged slagging match instead, by all means go ahead because you’re doing a fine job of taking that route.
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