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Debate on Abortion Imagery

 An Abortion Debate was held in London on 3rd October, with the motion “This House believes that it is morally wrong for groups to approach women and display abortion imagery outside facilities which provide abortion services”. Speaking for the motion was Ann Furedi, head of the UK’s largest private abortion provider BPAS, whilst opposing it was Gregg Cunningham, Executive Director for the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.  The use of images of aborted babies outside abortion clinics has been controversial in the past, with some protestors being prosecuted for doing so on behalf of Abort 67 although they were later acquitted.  The value of the unborn child was discussed, with Furedi chillingly arguing “it is relative depending on whether the woman wants to continue with her pregnancy or not.” The nature of the photographs used was also debated, with Furedi admitting they were “disturbing” and similar to pornography because they take the situation out of context and dehumanises the fetus.  Cunningham counteracted this with the argument that if the photographs are indeed a ‘protest’ or similar to pornography in their ability to disturb, then where pornography dehumanises, the imagery of abortion underlines the humanity of the unborn.  A vote was taken at the culmination of the debate, with 23 believing it was morally wrong to show abortion imagery and 117 believing it was not.  Andrea Minichiello Williams, the CEO of Christian Concern, who helped to organise the event summarised, “These pictures show the reality of abortion and this reality is disturbing.  It’s a reality that needs to be exposed.  The audience vote shows that many people agree.  It’s not morally wrong to display pictures of abortion to those who will be directly affected by it.” 

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