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Nadine Dorries
Amanda Platell
Posted Wednesday, 12 September 2007 at 11:05

Amanda Platell wrote an excellent article in yesterday’s Daily Mail. Amanda, a very feminine feminist of the marching bra burning breed, believes that the abortion law has been abused.

This October will see the 40th anniversary of the ’67 act and will be a month full of activity, both in the House of Commons and beyond.

As Amanda points out, 76 per cent of women believe that the upper limit at which abortions can take place should be cut from 24 to 13 weeks.

As we know, this opinion has been influenced and educated by advances in medical technology; 3D scanning; and the sheer number of babies being born at a very premature age, who are leaving hospital healthy and happy, going on to live normal lives, free from medical complications.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that over six million abortions have taken place since the Act was introduced, with no regard to the thousands of babies being aborted who, if not subjected to in utero foeticide, would be born alive, a large number of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs wish to see abortion made easier to obtain and for the 24 week upper limit to remain.

As Amanda points out, this is totally against the tide of public opinion.

Evan Harris the Liberal Democrat MP is possibly the strongest advocate for the current upper limit and also sits on the BMA Medical Ethics Committee. The BMA indulged in some very dubious behind the scenes manipulation at a recent conference - the upshot being that only motions to relax the abortion law made it through to the final conference vote. The motions to tighten abortion law - of which there were many - slipped into ‘no mans no time left land’ and were never voted on - despite being submitted and drafted by BMA doctors, they never saw the light of day.

No doubt Evan Harris will deploy the perceived credibility of the BMA, and the outcome of the vote to influence debate in the House of Commons in an attempt to amend the Human Tissue and Embryology (HTE) Bill which comes before the House this Autumn.

In addition to the debate which will be generated by the HTE Bill, the Science and Technology Select Committee - on which I sit - will also be embarking on a four week investigation into the scientific evidence to reduce the upper limit from 24 weeks.

This evidence, which will not be subjected to the smoke and mirror tactics of the BMA, will be available for all to assess and hopefully, once the antics of the BMA have been fully disclosed both in the Chamber and in other places, will play a greater part in influencing the voting decision of Members.

Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Keep up your good work on this issue. Things change, technology advances and reassessments of the then status quo have to take place in light of those developments. Put simple, it cannot be right to abhort a feotus when at the time that it was abhorted, he or she had a realistic chance of a meaningful life.
Mountjoy said:
Responded: Wednesday, 12 September 2007
It amazes me that in a civilised nation like the UK, and with all the medical advances, the Government still allows what is essentially infanticide on such a mass scale. What is the moral difference between the murder of a recently born baby (because it is female) in South Asia, and the murder of an unborn baby in the UK (because the mother can't be bothered to bring it up)?
Sepoy Agent said:
Responded: Wednesday, 12 September 2007
First, there should be much less need for abortion, as contraception is available on demand. Nevertheless, cases do remain, notably rape, where contraception is not possible. I find it impossible to believe that 76% of women think as you describe. A woman's body is her own, and it is for her and her alone to decide what happens to it. If she wishes to have an abortion, because she does not want a child, for whatever reason, she should be perfectly entitled to have an abortion without obstacles being put in her way.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Keep it up Nadine. You are doing a grand job feeping this issue in the spotlight.
Dr Adrian Marks said:
Responded: Thursday, 13 September 2007
Good stuff Nadine. One day humanity, medical evidence and good law will all combine to radically reduce this intentional waste of human life: one in four of our healthy population being done in by the doctors.
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