British MP Says National Health Service Spent 40M Illegally on Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 14, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 14, 2006

London, England ( — A British MP says he’s concerned that the National Health Service, the government’s taxpayer funded health care program, spent more than £39 million illegally performing abortions. The spending came at a time when NHS was cutting back on legitimate medical services because of financial concerns.

Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson told British media that the information on the abortion spending came from a question he posed to Health Minister Caroline Flint.

Robertson indicated that the NHS in Gloucestershire spent £281,861 to pay for abortions there in the last year data is available.

"It does seem wrong that, when the NHS is cutting its front-line services which are supposed to be there to make people well, they are spending so much money on killing healthy babies" Robertson told 24 Dash News.

"In my own constituency, the health chiefs are proposing to close Winchcombe Hospital for a saving of £240,000, yet are spending more than that amount on abortions. Something somewhere just isn’t right," Robertson added.

Robertson indicated he thought the amount spent on abortions is probably higher than what he’s been told.

"In fact, the figures the government has given me are not the total story. They do not include amounts for out-patients or excess bed days, for example, so the position is actually worse than they portray," Robertson explained.

The member of parliament promised to look into the matter further.

"We all know that abortion is available on demand these days, which is not allowed for in the 1967 Act. So a lot of the money being spent in this way is probably being done so illegally. I will, therefore, be exploring this matter in more detail," he told the British media.

"Not for the first time, perhaps the NHS should start to get its priorities right," he said.