British Pro-Life Advocates Say Doctors Ignore How Abortion Hurts Women

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 3, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 3
, 2007

London, England ( — The British Medical Association recently voted to expand abortions by making it so only one doctor has to sign off on it beforehand. The vote came after new figures showed a record number of abortions in the UK and now pro-life advocates say the physicians group is ignoring how abortion hurts women.

British pro-life advocates say that doctors should be aware of the medical and mental health complications from abortions and limit abortions instead of promoting them.

The BMA cast two votes last week, with one promoting abortions under one doctor and another to promote allowing nurses to distribute the dangerous abortion drug RU 486.

But Julia Millington of the Pro-life Alliance says British doctors need to understand the devastating impact abortion has on women.

“We would like to see the medical profession giving greater consideration, not to the politics of abortion, but to the medical and psychological impact on women," she said.

"We should be asking why so many women are having abortions and offering real alternatives to women in crisis pregnancy situations so that no woman feels that abortion is her only choice," Millington added.

Nola Leach, the head of the pregnancy charity CARE, agreed, and has seen the effects of abortion on women firsthand who come to his group for help.

“Research demonstrating a clear relationship between abortion and psychological trauma and pre-term birth mean that rather than deregulating in the interest of speedy decisions that save money we should actually be introducing new regulations to ensure that women are made aware of all the risks and given time to make a considered unhurried decision," he said.

Don Horrocks of the Evangelical Alliance sided with Millington and Leach against the BMA motions.

“If the BMA motions were to become law it would make abortion much more easy to obtain – virtually on demand," Horrocks told Christian Today. "Surely society needs abortion to be less not more frequent."

Pro-life advocates are continuing to gather signatures for a petition against the BMA votes that they started before the voting took place.

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