In the mind of one of England’s top pro-abortion leaders, an abortion is a matter of control.
“Our bodies are our own. And yet when a woman wishes to end a pregnancy, this basic law of civilized society that we teach to infants, is suspended. Her body becomes subject to someone else’s control,” Ann Furedi, CEO of British Pregnancy Advisory Services, wrote at The Huffington Post this week.
Furedi’s spin on the issue entirely ignores the unborn child’s body and life and claims that current abortion laws in the UK give pregnant women no control over their’s. She went on to attack laws that regulate or restrict abortion in any way, painting common sense regulations such as bans on late-term abortions when unborn babies are viable, as unreasonable.
“As soon as she misses a period, she loses the right to make decisions about that body,” Furedi wrote. “If she is in England, Wales or Scotland – she must ask a doctor to make that decision for her – and they in turn must find another doctor who agrees to provide the treatment to end her pregnancy. However early in pregnancy it is, however straightforward that treatment, it can only lawfully be performed in a specialist clinic or hospital.”
Furedi’s position on abortion is extreme. In June, she stirred up controversy when she advocated for radical legislation that would allow women to have abortions for any
reason up until birth in England. Currently, in England, abortions are illegal after 24 weeks except in rare cases.
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“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 in her newly published book.
In the Huffington Post column this week, she specifically targeted Northern Ireland, which recognizes that unborn babies have a right to life. Ireland is under intense pressure by abortion activists, funded by one of the world’s richest men, to legalize abortion.
Furedi promoted dangerous, do-it-yourself abortion pills that are being marketed to women in pro-life Ireland. Her column read like a free ad for the British abortion chain as Furedi promoted the drugs and the new BPAS “helpline” for women who have taken abortion drugs after ordering them online.
The abortion chain does not appear to be hurting for business. BPAS does more than one in three of all abortions that occur in England and Wales and receives about £27million (est. $40 million) tax dollars each year, according to The Daily Mail.
Irish pro-life leader Cora Sherlock had this to say about the new BPAS “helpline”:
While Ann Furedi, the head of BPAS, has used the launch to try and pressure the Irish Government to remove the laws in Ireland that protect mothers and their unborn babies, BPAS has also been forced to acknowledge that if required, the helpline can be used to call for an ambulance. This will come as no surprise to pro-life supporters who are only too well aware of the fact that despite the claims of abortion providers, there is nothing safe about ordering a pill that brings about an abortion.
Desperate to paint this latest intrusion into the Irish abortion debate as something intended to help women, those responsible have not explained why BPAS are not putting their resources into providing alternatives for abortion, a procedure which has nothing to do with healthcare but which ends the life of an unborn child and which very often leaves a woman suffering serious trauma.
The helpline is nothing but a further attempt by BPAS to ignore the unborn baby entirely, and normalize abortion, which is life-ending, not life-saving.