British Abortion Practitioner Allan Templeton Gets Award From Queen Elizabeth II
by Steven Ertelt
December 31, 2008
London, England (LifeNews.com) — Months after a prominent abortion practitioner in Canada received one of the nation’s top civilian honors, a British abortion practitioner has receive an award as well. The honor is prompting outrage from pro-life advocates who say it is a injustice.
Professor Allan Templeton, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has been made a commander of Order of the British Empire for services to medicine.
The award comes directly from Queen Elizabeth II.
Anthony Ozimic, the political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children tells Lifenews.com that doing abortions is not a service to Britain.
"Abortion is neither honorable nor is it medicine," Ozimic adds.
Templeton has long advocated expanding England’s already permissive abortion laws.
As early as 2005, he called for allowing women to complete the drug-based abortion process at home when using the dangerous RU 486, or mifepristone, abortion pill.
That’s despite the fact that more than a dozen women across the world, including in Britain have died from the drug and thousands in the United States alone have had serious complications requiring medical treatment.
Templeton also has dismissed studies showing a link between abortion and an increased risk of contracting breast cancer.
In the face of studies showing as many as 50 percent of all breast cancer cases in Britain could be attributable to abortion, Templeton says there no new evidence of a link and has accused pro-life advocates of "mischief-making."
And in 2006, Templeton feuded with the Vatican, following an announcement that the Catholic Church will excommunicate scientists who are involved in embryonic stem cell research.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told an official Vatican magazine that embryonic stem cell research was "the same as abortion."
Templeton told the BBC that the cardinal’s comments were "insensitive and unhelpful."
Templeton’s award comes after Canadian abortion practitioner Henry Morgentaler received the Order of Canada, which caused a national controversy.l
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