When you are the face of abortion extremism in Britain, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Ann Furedi, CEO of the major abortion provider British Pregnancy Advisory Service, would not be bothered by a record high number of abortions in England and Wales in 2019— 209,519 . But the rest of us should, and that most assuredly includes Elizabeth Parsons, director of advocacy at Life, a UK-based pro-life educational organization in.
Writing in The Telegraph, Furedi concludes
It’s about time we ended the hypocrisy. Rising abortion rates, in a society where women are making their own choice, and the procedure is safe, is no cause for concern. Abortion is not a problem but the solution to a problem – women need this choice as much, if not more than ever.
Not exactly a revelation. As we have written in the past, Ms. Furedi has unabashedly defended abortion up until birth, including because the baby’s a girl, and is gung-ho for letting any medical personnel perform abortion.
In a debate with an ex-Planned Parenthood employee, Furedi was at her extremist best.
A polished debater, Ms. Furedi conceded such realities as that life begins at conception but quickly dismisses that as unimportant. It’s when that life “begins to matter, morally.”
Late abortions are gruesome but we don’t need “horror stories,” she lectures us. Let’s not get emotional. Furedi instructs us in the tone that clearly signals she believes her critics are not only fanatics but imbeciles.
Speaking of Abortion “limits”… isn’t it silly (she says) for abortion to be legal for 23 weeks and six days but not at the stroke of midnight? “You can’t say it’s right on one side of the midnight hour and wrong on the other.” (In truth abortion is legal on demand when the baby has ill-defined “serious” disabilities, ” but we’ll skip that here.)
Really? Sure you can. Overwhelmingly the public in England and the United States is able to make distinctions, except the cutoff line is not anywhere near the end of the second trimester but much earlier.
Near the end of the debate, Furedi was oh-so-gently pressed on the difference between a baby one minute before birth and one minute after. Furedi suggested there is none, from the baby’s perspective. (“It’s all a matter of geography.”)
So, of course “Abortion is not a problem but the solution to a problem.” Abortion performed early or late, on a baby because she’s a girl, by personnel with minimal training—they are all “solutions.”
I’m not sure if she’s been pinned down on infanticide, but it would be wholly consistent with her philosophy that she would never “take away” the “right” of a woman to do what she will with a baby that survives and abortion.
In her book “The Moral Case for Abortion,” Furedi writes
“The end of a life in the womb does not compare with infanticide, euthanasia or any other taking of human life. Abortion does not assault an individual that is living a biologically independent existence of its own. Whatever the foetus experiences, it is not human life as we know it, with its joys and sorrows, fears, hopes and expectations. It knows nothing of itself, nor of others. And others know nothing of it.”
The problem with statistics is that unless we really examine the numbers involved, they are all rather abstract – a meaningless figure that carries no real weight. We become numb to what they truly represent, just another statistic.
So, let’s not blind ourselves to what these abortion figures represent.
Last year, nearly 210,000 unborn babies lost their lives to abortion. Far from remaining static, this figure has increased by just over 19,000 in the last 4 years (DOH). Why is this happening? Why the increase and what does it mean?
Furedi attributes this increase to contraceptive failure, a silly explanation when the highest increase “is made up by those women in their early 30s,” an age that even Furedi concedes is “an age by which we know about sex and contraception.” That and increased career opportunities for women are her two primary reasons.
Parsons believes otherwise.
Let’s not kid ourselves, the pro-choice movement and abortion providers have been running a very successful campaign. Their aim is to normalise abortion, to the extent that we refer to it as “healthcare.” Fast and easy access, no time to think. It has been positioned such that to oppose it, is to oppose “healthcare for women.”
And there is no better saleswoman for death than Ann Furedi.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.