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Posted Monday, 25 June 2007 at 09:30

The pro-abortion choice movement have most of the big trade unions on side, this is evident when you take a look at ‘Emily’s List’.

Emily’s List is a union funded organisation which provides financial assistance to female Labour candidates when attempting to be selected for parliamentary seats; the only criteria a candidate has to fulfil is to be pro-abortion choice. The funding is provided to Emily’s List by the trade unions, and others.

The pro-abortion choice movement is keen to have the BMA on side so that they can push for abortion on demand by laying down amendments to the Human Tissue and Embryology Bill, when it comes before the House of Commons this Autumn.

It is the BMA Ethics Committee which is calling for the changes to be made to BMA policy. Obviously, if the BMA votes on Wednesday to adopt a policy to support relaxing the laws controlling access to abortion, then this would have a significant impact going into the parliamentary debate.

Now a quick scan of the members of the Ethics Committee produces some startling results, one member is Professor John Harris from Manchester University.

He has made some very alarming quotes over the last few years. I would have thought he was just the sort of person you would NOT want to have on an ethics committee, eg, “It is not plausible to think that there is any moral change that occurs during the journey down the birth canal.”      He also questioned whether there was any moral difference between infanticide and a late abortion in the event of severe brain damage.

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Dr Evan Harris, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon is also a member - Evan Harris has made many public comments regarding abortion and is a strong advocate for pro-choice.

The BMA Agenda Committee has decided which motions are to be discussed by the Ethics Committee. A number of motions were submitted regarding abortion, some calling for a full investigation into the mental health effects of abortion on women and other such sensible measures.

Three called for abortion to be made available on demand in the first trimester; for abortions to be able to be carried out by nurses rather than doctors; the need for two doctors' signatures to no longer be necessary; and for the rule concerning the best state of the mother’s mental and physical health to be scrapped.

Only three motions will be discussed on the day, the rest are dropped into the ‘grey area’ and don’t see the light of day.

Guess which three motions are to be debated and voted on? The three calling for easier access and for abortion to be available on demand.

The other more sensible motions calling for further research to be carried out into the effect of abortions on women are sat well and truly in the ‘grey area’.

Tell me that’s not rigged!

The BMA conjures up an image of decency and credibility. You don’t think about it in terms of being a union. The general public could be forgiven for thinking of it more as a professional association, but it’s not.

As with all politically motivated unions, there will be lots of manoeuvring behinds the scenes. If one of the three motions debated is passed on Wednesday, there is one huge question left hanging in the air.

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Jane K said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
I signed the petition and got 6 others to sign yesterday.Hope it helps. This Emily's List was founded by Barbara Follett, a fairly local MP. But looking on their website, they don't appear to have had great success since the 1997 General Election.They sponsored 70 women candidates then with only 14 becoming MPs.Remembering how most of us wanted a change from the Conservatives at the time,I don't consider this extraordinary and I doubt if Pro-Choice was top of the electorates agenda.Their message conveys abortion as being no more difficult than buying wine out of Tescos. New Life is cheap and disposable to NuLabour it appears.
Dave said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
Given that Gordon Brown is trying to disperse 'tribal' politics and trying to poach outside his party ( obviously short of Labour good'uns)searching for the creme de la creme, when were you planning to tell us you had had the call?
John said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
There was an impersonator on the GMTV show yesterday morning. I'm talking Rory Bremner,he famous for impersonating Blair(not you Nadine, never!Isn't your hair short!) He made me laugh when he said 'I feel like a Labour MP. I don't agree with what Blair says - but I'm grateful to him for giving me ten years work'. Many a true word spoken in jest!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
I sent it to my contact list. Good luck
Alison, Ampthill said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
You have been consistent with you approach to this and you deserve to have sucsess. will the new abortion bill reducing the time limit be known as the Dorries bill?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
What a con!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
I read your post with interest. I am a medical student and have received ethics "teaching" from the esteemed John Harris. In a lecture given to first year medical students he ascerted killing infants under 3 years of age was acceptable on the basis they had no moral was just unbelievable. It's time the medical profession woke up and realised who is actually making these decisions affecting their practice. Additionally it's interesting to note he and a few others are not actually elected on to the BMA's Medical Ethics Committee but are instead co-opted by the chairman.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 25 June 2007
Lots of silly names on the petition - Not so many BMA members though. Quite a few people who have not completed the form in the correct way.
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