British Pro-Life Group Unhappy With Bill to Limit Some Abortions

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 23
, 2006

London, England ( — A British pro-life group says it can’t lend its support to a bill in the nation’s parliament that would place more limits on abortion. The organization says the bill doesn’t go far enough because it allows some egregious abortions to continue.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children says a bill sponsored by Nadine Dorries addresses some abortions but "abandons" disabled babies who have non life-threatening conditions.

Anthony Ozimic, the political secretary for SPUC, says Dorries misled fellow lawmakers in a recent letter to them when she said that abortions are limited at 24 weeks into pregnancy.

That limit applies only to abortions for socioeconomic reasons and doesn’t affect abortions done on babies because they have a disability — even one as minor as a cleft palate. Such abortions are allowed up until birth, he explained.

"This means that Mrs Dorries’s bill will mean abandoning disabled babies, who will still be allowed to be killed up to birth. Such lethal discrimination is entirely unacceptable in a civilized society," Ozimic said.

Ozimic also said his group is concerned that Dorries continually criticizes pro-life advocates and worries that she is insincere in her quest to place more limits on abortions.

"Mrs Dorries’s attack upon the pro-life movement — accusing it of having ‘ghettoized the arguments,’ ‘stifled debate,’ ‘halted progress’ and ‘used an emotional line of reasoning’ — is simply ill-informed,” he explained.

Ozimic indicated that recent medical research and better ultrasounds have helped Britons understand the development of the unborn child and that calls for more limits on abortions are legitimate.

"SPUC has used scientific evidence to demonstrate the humanity of the unborn child and has deepened the discussion through the presentation of medico-legal research," he said.

Dorries, a Conservative MP, has proposed reduced abortions done for social reasons by limiting the time when those abortions can be done to 21 weeks into pregnancy. She is an abortion backer who once assisted in abortions as a nurse.

Political observers say her bill is not likely going to become law but it may receive a vote that could show where members of parliament stand on abortion and give an idea of what future abortion debates may look like.

The bill has split the pro-life community in England and some pro-life groups are supporting it because they want to reduce as many abortions as possible while working to eliminate abortion entirely.