Pro-Life News: Abortion in England and China, Kansas and Pennsylvania

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 1, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 1,

British Pro-Life Lawyers Group to Protest 40 Years of Legal Abortions
London, England ( — A British group for pro-life attorneys is urging UK residents to join it in protesting 40 years of legalized abortion as the nation marks the anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (LCF) wants pro-life people to let their members of parliament know they oppose the abortions the law allowed. The LCF said that this autumn the church was “facing one of the most critical moments in the fight against abortion” since the act was initially approved. “This October, 40 years after the passing of the Abortion Act, Christians across the nation are standing up and being counted, refusing to be silent about the taking of innocent lives and the trauma that has been caused to women and families who have been affected by abortion,” the group said. The organization is planning a rally outside parliament for the afternoon of October 27 to “demonstrate that the current situation is no longer acceptable.” “This is a chance for the church to show we are serious about making a difference, and to make up for the lost time when we have been all too silent on behalf of the unborn child,” the group added. LCF is also attacking the new Human Tissue and Embryos Bill expected to be introduced in Parliament because it would “further attack the dignity and value of the human embryo.” Around 6.7 million abortions have taken place in the UK since 1967, and an average of 465 abortions continue to take place each day.

Criticism of Pennsylvania Pro-Life Senator Bob Casey on Abortion Vote Continues
Washington, DC ( — Criticism continues by pro-life advocates against Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat who won his seat last year claiming to strongly oppose abortion but who recently voted for a bill that would force taxpayers to fund groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations. The pro-abortion amendment Casey supported goes against the Mexico City Policy which was first instigated by President Ronald Regan in the 1980s and later revived by President Bush in 2001. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat and a longtime opponent of the policy, introduced an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriation bill that removed the funding restrictions and permits the funneling of tax dollars to organizations performing abortions. That amendment, with the vote of Sen. Casey, was approved by the Senate by a vote of 53-41. Casey has been blasted by numerous pro-life groups. "The Mexico City policy has often separated the true pro-life leaders in Congress from their pro-abortion counterparts," observed Connie Mackey, senior vice president of Family Research Council Action. "Sadly, Sen. Bob Casey was a self-proclaimed pro-life defender whose votes during the debate were either a political blunder or a betrayal of his pro-life constituents." "Some people were concerned that Sen. Casey might not have the courage of his convictions sufficient to stand up to the political pressures in a pro-abortion party," stated Colin Hanna, president of the West Chester-based Let Freedom Ring. "By not merely voting the wrong way, but by actually having switched votes, he has confirmed our worst fears and has showed himself to be two-faced on the issue."

China Abortions on the Rise as School Begins for Teenagers and College Students
Beijing, China ( — The number of abortions in China is on the rise as teenagers and college students there head back to school over the last two weeks. Officials in China’s Guangdong Province observed an increase in the number of female students visiting hospitals for abortions. Some hospitals in Dongguan, a city in the province, reported two to three times as many abortion requests in the week before the start of new semester, which began on September 1, than during other times of the year. Fridays and Saturdays are usually the busiest days. Most of the young girls seeking abortions were between 16 and 22 years old. About half were high school students. "It has become a routine that the beginning of every new semester is a busy season for the abortion departments of most hospitals," Zhang Yurong, a doctor with the gynecology and obstetrics department of the Guangdong Second Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital, said. "It’s not just in Dongguan, but all across the province.”

Kansas Pro-Life Leader Phill Kline Won’t Seek Elected Office in 2008 Elections
Wichita, KS ( — Kansas pro-life leader Phill Kline won’t seek re-election to his post as the Johnson County District Attorney in the 2008 elections. Kline is the former state attorney general who initially brought charges against abortion practitioner George Tiller, accusing him of doing illegal late-term abortions. Kline sought the district attorney position after pro-abortion Attorney General defeated him in the 2008. “Elected office is not the only manner in which one can engage with passion the significant issues of the day and after my tenure as district attorney I will engage other opportunities in which to do so,” Kline said in a statement. Elected office is not the only manner in which one can engage with passion the significant issues of the day and after my tenure as district attorney I will engage other opportunities in which to do so,” according to the statement. Kline said it had been an honor to “join with good people to accomplish good things” during his 15 years in public service. Kline was elected to the Kansas House in 1992 and served for eight years.

Ottawa City Leaders Say They Will Cut Waiting Times Before Abortions Can be Done
Ottawa, Canada ( — City government leaders in Ottawa say they will work on cutting the times women have to wait before they can have an abortion. The waiting period isn’t a provincial or city law similar to pro-life ones passed in state legislatures in the U.S. but has to do with the normal wait times people using government health care have to wait for any health procedure. Women in Ottawa wait for about four weeks, and sometimes up to six, before they can get a government-funded abortion. Premier Dalton McGuinty said increased hospital funding will eventually provide easier access to abortion. "I fully support a woman’s right to choose, No. 1," Mr. McGuinty said. "No. 2, we have provided an additional $9 billion by way of new investments in health care." It appears that Conservative leader John Tory also favors lowering the abortion wait. Wait times for many procedures in Ottawa are not only below recommended Ontario government levels, but also behind provincial averages. This is unacceptable for the second largest city in the province and shocking given Ottawa is the home of the premier," he said.