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         MAY 2016


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Not in Our Name Campaign

We announced in the March edition of image news@ that UK abortion provider, BPAS, have launched a campaign to legalise abortion-on-demand, up-to-birth, for any reason.

This campaign is being supported by a number of pro-abortion lobby groups but surprisingly includes the Royal College of Midwives. This extreme abortion up-to-birth position has been adopted without any consultation with members of the College whatsoever according to the Not in Our Name campaign which is urging midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives to take action now by putting their names  to a public joint letter to the Royal College of Midwives.  The letter voices concern about this radical position and the lack of consultation with members, demanding that the Royal College of Midwives revoke their support for this extreme campaign.

The letter states, “As midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives, we object to this new extreme position taken by the College. It is out of keeping with what we take to be the ethic of our profession, as well as the consistently expressed wishes of British women with regards to the legality and regulation of abortion, and it has been taken with no consultation whatsoever of RCM membership.

“In the last few years, polls have consistently shown that a larger proportion of women want more, not fewer restrictions on abortion. A ComRes poll in March 2014 found that 88% of women favoured a total and explicit ban on sex-selective abortion, whilst another in October that year registered a similar figure of 85%. The March poll also found 92% of women agreeing that a woman requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor. Whilst in 2006, a Guardian / MORI poll found that 47% of women wanted a reduction in the upper time limit, a 2012 Angus Reid poll found this number had increased to 59% of women. Clearly, women want the law to be stricter on the legality and regulation of abortion, not more lax.

“We work to help not only women but their babies also throughout pregnancy and in childbirth. For the organisation that represents us to support the radical position (supported by only a small minority of women) that all protections for unborn children should be removed right through to birth, and without any consultation of us members, we find utterly unacceptable.”@