British Abortion Business Calls Doing Abortions "Heroic, Life-Saving Work"

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 16, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 16
, 2007

London, England ( — A debate in England has cropped up in the last few days as those on the pro-abortion side are lamenting how fewer doctors are willing to do abortions. In order to try to attract more physicians to the abortion industry, a leading abortion business is spinning the issue calling abortion "heroic work" that aides women.

Ann Furedi, head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion business, complained over the weekend that there is a rise in the number of doctors not wanting to do abortions.

She told the Independent newspaper that the "current crop of medical students have not themselves seen" the effects of illegal abortions, claiming that many women have died from them.

"Abortion is an absolutely essential, life-saving part of medical care," she told the British media. "It may not be the most glamorous medical specialty on the face of it, compared to stem cell research or neurosurgery — but it is seen as heroic work by the women that it helps."

Meanwhile, Kate Paterson, who does abortions for BPAS and the government’s national health care program, also weighed in on the debate.

She defended her work saying, "I do this job because becoming pregnant is either the best, or the worst thing that can happen to a woman."

Paterson, who has done abortions for 20 years, called having an unwanted pregnancy a "nightmare."

She complained that, while there are numerous doctors willing to help women who want to have their baby, "There are a hell of a lot less, who want to help women when they are pregnant and can’t cope."

"Because of working elsewhere in medicine, I’ve noticed that women who come to me to discuss abortion are the most likely to say ‘thank you’ afterwards, very genuinely," she claimed.

About 190,000 abortions are done annually in England and the British government pays for about 80 percent of them under the national health program.