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The RCOG votes to decriminalise abortion
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has voted to support the decriminalisation of abortion. Alongside the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Midwives, the RCOG will now lobby Government for a change in the current Abortion law. The vote was taken by 33 senior council members despite the RCOG having 14,000 members, fellows and associates. Prior to the vote a letter was signed by more than 650 doctors objecting to RCOG president Lesley Regan's extreme position on abortion and also to the members' lack of participation in this important vote.
The RCOG has not advocated to change the current 24-
The vote has been widely criticised by pro-
Clara Campbell, Life Spokeswoman, said: “It is shocking that a mere handful of RCOG representatives have decided such a crucial RCOG policy, while their vast membership were not given a vote. If the measures voted through were to be implemented, and all legal sanctions associated with abortion were removed, there would be no law stopping abortion up to the 7 month of pregnancy, and potentially up to birth if the Infant Life Preservation Act was scrapped also. This is an extreme position made with secrecy behind closed doors. Last year, the Royal College of Midwives were slammed by the public and their membership after using shady and undemocratic tactics to adopt a position of decriminalisation. The public have been outraged that RCOG President, Lesley Regan, compared abortion to the removal of a bunion in a national newspaper. It is an insidious and insulting comparison and shows she is out of touch with both the public and the rest of the medical profession. The RCOG has long allied itself with the abortion industry, even promoting abortions overseas. This needs to be recognised by those in Parliament who will experience greater pressure to open the floodgates to abortion on demand in response to this vote. Despite the current UK legal restrictions on abortion, we have seen scandalous health and safety failures at abortion clinics prompting the Government to impose ratings on them.” (As quoted by www.lifecharity.org.uk)