British MP Thanks Conservative David Cameron on Limiting Late-Term Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 28, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 28
, 2008

London, England ( — A member of the British Parliament who has taken the lead in trying to place more limits on late-term abortions says she appreciates the support for her efforts from Conservative leader David Cameron. The leader of the Conservative Party in England called for an amendment to a bioethics bill to limit late-term abortions.

Led by Nadine Dorries, some MPs have called for reigning in a law that essentially allows unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy when the baby is disabled with as little as a cleft palate or club foot.

Cameron said this week he would "like to see a reduction in the current limit, as it is clear that, due to medical advancement, many babies are surviving at 24 weeks."

Dorries responded on Thursday saying, "I am delighted that following a meeting with David Cameron last Monday, when we discussed lowering the limit at which abortion takes place from 24 to 20 weeks, he has shown his support with this move."

Luton Today reported her adding, "I believe David has looked at the scientific evidence, which is why he is prepared to support my amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill calling for a reduction from the current 24 weeks."

"The fact that David has been prepared to get his position out into the public domain will very much help in the campaign to reduce the number of abortions in this country," she continued.

Parliament will soon be debating the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill, which allows human cloning practices pro-life groups object to, and amendments to it.

Cameron says he favors a vote to limit those late-term abortions given the advances in medical technology allowing a better look at the humanity of the unborn child at viability.

However, his top rival, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, continues to support the current pro-abortion law.

"He has always made clear that he thinks we should be guided by the best medical advice on this," spokesman Michael Ellam said, according to AP. "At the moment, the key organizations in the medical profession are not pressing for a review in this area."

A vote on the bill and potential amendments would occur in the next few weeks