British Health Officials, Pro-Life Groups Reject Promoting More Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 29, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Health Officials, Pro-Life Groups Reject Promoting More Abortions Email this article
Printer friendly page

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 29
, 2006

London, England ( — British health officials and pro-life groups are rejecting changes to the nation’s abortion law called for by Britain’s leading abortion business. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service wants nurses to dispense the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug and to allow just one physician to sign off on an abortion.

But a a spokesperson for the Department of Health said there were no plans to change the current laws and officials would not be pressing for reform.

And Maggie Blott, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said that abolishing the requirement for two doctors would have negative implications.

"Some of the late abortions that are done are not straightforward so having the built-in safety net of two doctors is important, and you can’t have one rule for them and another for women who have early abortions," she said.

Meanwhile, pro-life organizations strenuously disagreed with the BPAS abortion business’ demands for more pro-abortion laws.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said laws should instead be changed to provide more support for pregnant women and that fathers should have a say in the abortion decision.

SPUC general secretary Paul Tully accused BPAS of wanting to change the law "for its own ideological reasons."

He also cited a poll earlier this year showing "nearly 80 percent of women aged 18 to 24 wanted fathers to have a say in abortion decisions."

Life spokeswoman Michaela Aston also criticized BPAS and said it was trying to promote its "extreme pro-abortion agenda." She condemned as "tenuous" the findings by a new BPAS poll claiming most women support abortion.

"This rather thin and inconclusive polling data adds nothing useful to the debate on abortion," Aston said.

"Most of the public are not in sympathy with these aims," she argued, citing data which contradicts the survey.

BPAS made money "from the provision of abortion," something Aston said made it unsurprising they were "defending the lucrative status quo."