From the Times leader yesterday:
There are, in any case, relatively few abortions at such a late stage â€“ officially no more than 136 were performed last year at 24 weeks or more, and in almost all cases they were occasioned by the discovery of a life-threatening condition to either the mother or the foetus. Some 89 per cent of operations were carried out within 13 weeks and 68 per cent of those were under 10 weeks.
Those against abortion often focus on the wrong issue. They should direct national energies into more vigorous campaigns on responsible contraception, better support networks for women and a more candid acknowledgment of the toll that abortion takes on people and on society
I agree with this. I also think that unless the pro-choice camp actively start to counter the rubbish that is spouted by many who are anti-choice on this issue, the debate will start to move in the way it has in the United States. Of course, MPs such Nadine Dorris don’t want the actual facts, they just want to use callous language such as “the abortion industry”.
Also, as Zohra pointed out in the comments:
…the last three attempts to start a ‘debate’ on abortion in Parliament were made by Conservative MPs tabling Bills that were largely about introducing delays and obstacles to women’s abilities to choose an abortion and treating women as incapable of making informed decisions on their own, and not by new evidence from the medical establishment.
1) October 2006 by MP Nadine Dorries: Bill introduced a compulsory 10-day delay in womenâ€™s access to abortion called a ‘cooling off period’ which would include compulsory counselling, while simultaneously reducing the time limit to 21 weeks (you do the math!)
2) March 2007 by MP Angela Watkinson: Bill repealed the right to confidentiality for young women seeking abortions.
3) June 2007 by MP Ann Winterton: Bill imposed compulsory counselling for women seeking abortion coupled with a compulsory 7-day delay in women’s access to abortion
The stupidity of the Conservatives on this issue speaks for itself.
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