B-PAS, the British pregnancy Advisory service have called for abortions to be available on demand. Of course, they are available on demand, you can hear the braying from the stable in terms of the effectiveness of abortion law and it should be reformed.
It is of course no surprise that the organisation to which the NHS contracts over 50,000 abortions per year should want to see the law relaxed. We perform over six hundred abortions a day in the UK and that figure is rising. Abortion is a growth industry.
The law does need to be reformed but not in a Cavalier way which enables a distressing surgical procedure which has been proved to have lasting damaging psychological and mental health effects to be used as a form of contraception. That is a retrograde step.
I would have far more respect for B-PAS if they were calling for the morning after pill to be free in Pharmacists in the same way as it is at a GP’s practice and not at a cost of £25. For many girls and young women a doctor’s appointment takes days, by which time it is too late. The Pharmacist on the High Street is open all hours and easily accessible. Many girls don’t pay the £25 so cross their fingers and hope for the best, we know the rest.
So, I hope B-PAS excuse my cynicism and forgive me for thinking that there are far more effective ways at preventing young girls from becoming pregnant in the first place and that admission into a B-PAS government funded hospital is not the answer to the problem of having the highest teenage pregnancy and abortion rate in Europe.