Every three minutes, an unborn baby is killed in an abortion in the United Kingdom.
Since 1968 when abortion on demand became legal, more than 9.6 million unborn babies have been unnecessarily slaughtered.
And yet, this spring, UK politicians are choosing to focus on a very different set of priorities. According to the Daily Caller, the government introduced plans Wednesday to recognize animals as sentient beings.
“We are a nation of animal lovers and were the first country in the world to pass animal welfare laws,” UK Environment Secretary George Eustice told The Guardian this week.
According to the report, the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is advocating for new legislation to recognize “animals as sentient in law” and commit “to a range of new game changing welfare measures to protect pets, livestock and wild animals.”
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These include banning remote-controlled electric dog collars and prohibiting the sales of ivory and shark fins, as well as mandating microchipping for cats, according to a press release from the department.
“Our action plan for animal welfare will deliver on our manifesto commitment to ban the export of live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, prohibit keeping primates as pets, and bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling,” Eustice said.
Meanwhile, protections for unborn babies are almost non-existent. Abortions are legal for basically any reason up to 24 weeks in the United Kingdom and up to birth in cases of fetal anomalies.
This exception is so broad that unborn babies with Down syndrome or even cleft lip can be aborted up to birth. One mom recently told the BBC that she was pressured to abort her unborn daughter 15 times after she was diagnosed with Down syndrome, including right up to the time of her baby’s birth.
This spring, Heidi Crowter, a 25-year-old British woman with Down syndrome, is challenging the abortion law in court, arguing that it discriminates against people with disabilities.
“The law says that babies shouldn’t be aborted up to birth, but if a baby is found to have Down’s syndrome, it can be aborted up until birth,” Crowter said earlier this year. “This is the current law in the UK and I think it’s not fair. People like me are considered to be ‘seriously handicapped’, but I think using that phrase for a clause in abortion law is so out of date.”
Abortion rates on unborn babies with Down syndrome are increasing even though their quality of life has grown exponentially.
In the UK and across the world, abortion is a deadly crisis that is destroying millions of unborn babies and harming their mothers. Abortions are not health care, and they do not help women. Yet, UK leaders are focused on protecting animals and not unborn babies.