The leader of England’s largest abortion chain is in the public spotlight this week after making some outrageous statements that compare abortion to birth control and marriage.
Ann Furedi is the CEO of British Pregnancy Advisory Services, which does more than one in three abortions in England and Wales and receives about £27million (est. $40 million) tax dollars each year, according to The Daily Mail.
In her soon-to-be-released book, “The Moral Case for Abortion,” Furedi argues that getting an abortion should be as easy as getting condoms. She says abortion is a “safe, effective means of birth control” that should not be restricted in any way.
Currently, in England, abortions are allowed for any reason up until 24 weeks when the unborn baby is viable outside the womb, and after that in certain circumstances. However, some British abortion activists are pushing for even more radical legislation that would allow women to have abortions for any reason up until birth. Furedi is one of them.
“Abortion may be an act of killing – but it kills a being that has no sense of life or death, and no awareness of itself as distinct from others,” Furedi wrote.
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She went on to compare the morality of an abortion decision to that of marriage and divorce: “Women make moral choices all the time. An abortion may be a difficult choice that a woman would rather not make. But this is no different than many decisions we make and women are no less competent to make pregnancy choices than they are to make other life-changing decisions, such as whether or not to marry, or whether or not to divorce.”
Dr Anthony McCarthy, senior bioethicist for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said Furedi is right that abortion kills an unborn child, but she misses how abortion affects the unborn child’s future and his or her parents’ lives.
“Young children, born or unborn, whose lives are taken from them are often unaware of their fate but have still missed out on something precious: the chance to live their lives, as we are all living ours,” McCarthy said. “A woman who aborts her baby has also missed out on something precious: the chance not to take an innocent life but to welcome and nurture her child and give him or her the very best start in life.”
McCarthy pointed out that Furedi is in the business of trying to make abortion seem like a “trivial procedure.” It is clearly to her benefit to do so, he said.
“However, abortion, like marriage, is never a trivial matter, though one can see why certain people would wish to ‘celebrate’ there being nearly 200,000 abortions a year,” McCarthy added. “Not all marriages are happy, but to compare abortion to getting married shows how indifferent Ann Furedi is to the experience of women who experience deep remorse for the fatal act so casually offered in place of support to have the baby.”
The head of the British Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, also faced criticism recently after she began using her role to push for unlimited abortions up until birth.
A strong majority of people oppose mid- and late-term abortions. A 2016 Marist poll found 61 percent of Americans, including those who identify as “pro-choice,” support laws banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. An unofficial reader poll on the UK Metro recently showed 84 percent saying England should keep its current abortion limits and 16 percent saying the abortion time limit should be scrapped.