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BPAS push for abortion on demand
Using the tagline “We Trust Women” the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, BPAS, have launched a campaign to remove the current requirement that, before having an abortion, two doctors must decide whether a woman meets the criteria laid out in the 1967 Abortion Act. They argue that it denies a woman’s “fundamental human right” to control her own body. @
Dismissing the child in the womb as simply an appendage
Countering this argument, Ann Scanian, writing in the Life website blog,@ points out that, “BPAS justify what they do and campaign for by dismissing the child in the womb as simply an appendage to the woman’s body. He or she is a separate entity, with his/her own unique DNA, most certainly alive and displaying all the characteristics of life. So how can an unborn child, which is clearly a human life, be viewed as something akin to a parasite, which may be removed at any point for any reason?”
She goes on to say, “The extremist stance of BPAS is that abortions should be allowed for any reason at any point until birth. Other pro-
Abortion industry out of control
“The BPAS campaign, if we look at it honestly, amounts to straw man propaganda. By naming their new campaign ‘We trust Women’, they are implying that those who are against abortion do not trust women. The truth is that we are women. Contrary to what pro-
“The abortion industry is out of control. We are now aborting more than 1 in 5 of our unborn children and still BPAS is not satisfied. True equality for women will not be gained by the decriminalisation of abortion. The real next step for equality is to ensure that every pregnant woman has the help and support she needs in order to have her child. We must increase support for women, even in the most complicated of situations, because the ‘choice’ to end the life of her unborn child is one which no woman should be faced with.”
Scanian also makes the point that being pro-
Out of step with public opinion
The Right to Life website@ comments, “Such a total deregulation of this area, if it were affected, would mean the removal of the requirement that two doctors give their ‘good faith’ judgement that the abortion is necessary for certain prescribed reasons, and that doctors alone (not nurses) should carry out abortions. It would also include the license of abortions that most people rightly find abhorrent: such as abortions based on the sex of the unborn child.
“Such an agenda is hopelessly out of step with public opinion. In October 2014, a ComRes poll@ found that 84% of people favoured a total and explicit ban on abortions based on the baby’s sex, including 85% of women. Another ComRes poll@ in March that same year found a similar figure, with 86% of people favouring a total ban (including 88% of women). This latter poll also found that 89% (92% of women) agreed that a woman requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor, and 76% (78% of women) agreed that the health of women considering an abortion would be put at risk unless the doctors who sign abortion request forms had also seen the patient.”
Peter D. Williams, Executive Officer of Right To Life, said, “The abortion lobby have demonstrated just how out-