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Nadine Dorries
Life And Death
Posted Wednesday, 20 June 2007 at 09:30

The number of abortions taking place in the UK has gone up by just short of 4% in the last year. 4% may not sound a great deal, however, it means that for every four babies conceived, one will be aborted; that’s a lot of life, a lot of potential wasted; many tears and much heartache.

Read this. 

I don’t know if I should be contacting you about this, you will probably be disgusted with me, if it’s not something you wish to read then I apologise.

I wanted to say that I wish I had found your website weeks ago; it could have stopped me from having an abortion. I was in such despair that I thought there was no other way out. I didn’t realise that the feelings I was having other women had as well. I didn’t realise that feeling so depressed and overwhelmed and unable to cope could be anything to do with the fact that I was pregnant. I thought it was just me.

My GP told me I was suffering from hormones - I thought I was going mad, that the only way I could remain sane would be to have an abortion.

Now I can see more clearly I realise things could have been so different, if I could have had some support and help maybe; it makes me very sad. I may never get pregnant again, that may have been my only chance.

I hope your web site helps other women to get the help they need.

Ante-natal depression is often undetected and is a contributory reason to why a number of women have abortions. Ante-natal depression is simply suffering from depression whilst you happen to be pregnant.

If you are depressed, pregnant or not, you cannot make a rational judgment about personal issues. Many women assume that their feelings of anxiousness are, in fact, an inability to cope. They slowly descend into a deep low feeling and are overwhelmed at the prospect of having a baby. They feel the only way they can cope, to end the feeling of sadness and helplessness, is to have an abortion.

GPs need to learn to be smarter at detecting depression; they need to provide immediate counselling services and pro-active help. Women who receive help in the form of medication and counselling tend not to resort to abortion.

Watch This

It may be a call made in the States; however, it could have been anywhere. The morning after pill absolutely must be made available at every high street chemist free of charge for anyone who believes they have had unprotected sex and may be pregnant. This has to be a must in the attempt to bring down the number of abortions carried out in the first trimester.

At the present moment, in most areas across the UK, the morning after pill is only available from a GP, and costs £25. Unfortunately as I have commented before, if you are a teenager and you are faced with the prospect of spending £25 or taking a chance, you may well wing it.

The morning after pill needs to be taken as soon as, it’s not called the morning after pill for nothing, the sooner it’s taken the better. Waiting four days for an appointment from your GP means it’s simply too late.

We are living in a post- liberation era. The majority of women over the age of eighteen are sexually active. Anyone who thinks this is not true are kidding themselves. Women make the decisions - they decide. Our responsibility is to ensure that young women (there is a marked increase in the number of abortions taking place under the age of eighteen) know how to protect themselves from both disease and pregnancy.

The erosion of pregnancy advisory services in this country is scandalous. Contraception advice should be easily available and accessible for all women and should not have to involve a visit to the GP.

Contraception and protection should be a public health priority. It is not. The staggering increase in the number of reported cases of Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia alone, regardless of the number of abortions taking place, show this very clearly. The increase in the number of diagnosed cases of HIV amongst young heterosexual couples is increasing at a rapid rate and accounts for the majority of newly reported cases.

Abortion and disease. Some teenagers may be thinking that sex isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The upper limit at which abortion takes place should be cut from 24 to 20 weeks.

Four ways in which we could reduce the number of daily abortions taking place in our civilised society, and none of them would involve brain surgery – just a bit of common sense - and a government which gets its priorities right.

Making GPs more aware of how to deal with ante-natal depression; making the morning after pill more easily available; providing accessible walk-in pregnancy advisory services; and cutting the upper limit for abortion. Done!

Bring on the next election. If there is one thing I am sure of it is that David Cameron is more in touch with what is going on with our teenagers and young people than Gordon Brown could ever be.

It’s Gordon Brown who has presided over the ten years of Labour spending reviews. If pregnancy advisory services have been cut, it’s Gordon Brown who has cut them, no one else.

Great way to start a premiership.

Whilst political commentators and pundits worry about how he will handle the 'EU leaving present', Tony is going to hand over his as he leaves office. Teenagers up and down the country are crying themselves to sleep wondering how to get help and how on earth they got themselves into the mess they find themselves in.

They will think “why me?" "It’s not fair". "What did I do to deserve this?” - the answer of course is nothing – they are simply a child of our times, let down by a generation of adults who had neither the where with all or the ability to teach them the value of family; the importance of self respect; or the importance of morals. Worse than that, we gave them a government who cared even less than we did.

Whatever happened to Mary Whitehouse?


The Gordon Brown Meme

I have been tagged by Iain Dale to list things Gordon Brown should be.

Proud of:

His children
Having stayed in the Cabinet despite Cherie’s best efforts to get him out

Apologise for:

Letting Tony win at the Granita restaurant.
Cutting back on spending on pregnancy and contraception advisory services

Do immediately when he becomes PM:

Sack Patricia Hewitt.
Sack the Chipmunk!

Things he should do whilst PM.

Send more troops to Iraq to help prevent full on civil war.
Privatise the BBC.

I tag, and this is the one and only time I am doing this.

Ed VaizeyArchbishop Cranmer, Man In A Shed, Ellee Seymour, and Prague Tory

Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Nadine, maybe I am lucky and living in the South East helps. But on three occasions over the last year I have had cause to use the morning after pill. It was available, for free, from three different high street chemists. It's just convincing women that it is ok to go and admit you've made a mistake, and have the potential repercussions addressed before they are even more serious. The pharmacists were all non-judgmental, friendly and helpful.
Cranmer said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
His Grace begs you to excuse him, but he has so little time for these cyber chain-letters (for that is what they are), and being somewhat (inconveniently) deceased, very frequently doesn't care for the subject matter because there are so many much more important things to be getting on with. In this instance, Gordon Brown becomes prime minister because the Lord put him there; that is the plain teaching of Scripture. His Grace finds little that pleases him about this prospect. One gets the leaders one deserves.
Unixman said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
I thought that I was going to have my liberal hackles raised by this post but I cannot disagree with a single item that you have said. The morning-after pill must be freely available (and not just in Scotland or Wales!) , sex education must be shunted up the political agenda - the increase in chlamydial infections is horrific - and (please don't laugh!) males must be educated as well. The old attitudes (crudely called FFFF) must go ...
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Mrs. Dorries....can we make you Queen...please?
Mike H said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Are there any official figures that make a connection between unplanned pregnancies in young women and today's binge-drinking culture? I agree with everything you say about making the morning-after pill easily available, but to what extent is the root of the problem linked to excessive drinking? Contraception is easily available these days, and while I'd agree that sex education still has a long way to go before we can claim to be as successful at it as, say, the Dutch, it's not as if young people in the UK are completely ignorant of the risks of pregnancy and STDs. So I'm left thinking that maybe part of the problem is down to alcohol.
Carl Cross said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Mike H: I'm sure you're right. I've (sadly) often been an unfortunate witness to young people having sex in doorways in Liverpool city centre (it could be any town or city of course) after a night on the town. This is all drink fuelled and is extremely disturbing - especially when compared to the relaxed social drinking so common in Continental Europe (where generally teenage pregnancies are also much lower).
david kendrick said:
Responded: Wednesday, 20 June 2007
'The number of abortions last year went up by 4%. That means that 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in abortion.' Er, no it doesn't. There are about 600,000 live births a year in this country. I've no idea how many abortions, but I'd be surprised if it were 150,000. Its important you get your facts right, Nadine, as you seem to have replaced boorish posters with the fawning variety. In neither case is is an analysis of facts an interest of theirs.
Carl Cross said:
Responded: Thursday, 21 June 2007
David Kendrick: Actually the number of abortions last year approached 200,000, which based on your live births figure of 600,000 in four conceptions.
Victor, NW Kent said:
Responded: Thursday, 21 June 2007
I am too old to have been taught sex education at school but I dimly remember that we understand pregnancies could happen. Way back then,with no contraceptive pills available, the percentage of births to unmarried mothers was very small. Perhaps when they teach this in schools they might tell the kids not only how to do it but also explain about pregnancy and childbirth and a life on benefits.
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