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Infanticide next in march of the abortion industry

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THE pressure from the abortion industry in the UK to remove all legal restrictions to the procedure is relentless. So far, the head-on approach has had only partial success. The most recent attempt to add abortion up to birth on demand for any reason to the Police Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in July was unsuccessful.

But the incremental approach is having results. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990) was supposed to reduce the time limit for abortions from 28 to 24 weeks to reflect advances in medicine which meant that babies were surviving at 24 weeks’ gestation or younger. Just before the Bill cleared all the parliamentary hurdles, pro-abortion MPs inserted a clause allowing abortion up to birth for babies with certain disabilities. Pro-life MPs supporting the Bill did not see this coming and before they had time to react it became law. As a result we now have abortion up to birth for babies with a wide range of disabilities, including relatively mild conditions such as club foot or cleft palate. 

In 2012 the Daily Telegraph sent an undercover reporter (who was not pregnant) to ‘seek’ an abortion. During the interview with the doctors the reason she gave for wanting the procedure was because the foetus was female and she did not want a daughter. Gender is not one of the legal grounds for abortion in the UK.

A case went to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a final decision on whether charges should be brought against the doctors for intending to ‘procuring the miscarriage’, i.e perform an illegal abortion. Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said he was sure the decision was ‘properly taken and sound’. As a result of this decision by the CPS, gendercide has been given a green light in this country. This was an easy win for the abortion industry who didn’t even need to involve their friends in Parliament.

Fast forward to 2020 and the height of the lockdown mania. Prior to this, a woman seeking a medical abortion had to have a face-to-face interview with a clinician and take the pills which would cause the abortion in the clinic. To avoid the risk of the woman and staff catching Covid, ‘temporary’ emergency measures were brought in by the then Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, allowing the woman to have the consultation over the phone following which the pills would be posted to her to take at home – hence the term ‘DIY’ abortion.   

These emergency measures were meant to end last month, but pro-abortion peers saw their chance and successfully pushed forward an amendment which means that DIY abortions are now permanently allowed. One of the outcomes of this (apart from it now being lawful to flush the remains of a baby down the toilet) is that there are now measurably more abortions – 4,009 more in 2021 than 2020, bringing the annual total to 214,869, the highest number ever.

The abortion industry would love the subject to be done and dusted. They dearly want abortions to be allowed for any reason up to full-term so they can move on to the next phase. In some countries they have their wish. In Canada there is no abortion law. New Zealand has a law but both countries allow abortion for any reason, including sex-selection, up to the day of birth.

These permissive regimes bring certain inconveniences into the equation. What if the baby is accidentally born alive after a failed termination? This is not a problem in New Zealand. The baby has to be left to die. This leaves the incongruity that medical staff in one room are legally required to save the life of a premature baby whilst next door they are legally required to allow an aborted baby to die. There is a particularly harrowing story of a baby that took two hours to die. Abortion has morphed into infanticide.

What if the dying or late-term aborted baby is showing signs of distress? Surely pain relief is allowed to ease its death. After all, when a baby with spina bifida is operated on in the womb, pain relief for the child is the norm. Not in New Zealand. An amendment requiring the administration of painkillers to any unborn child subject to abortion over 20 weeks (which would have brought it in line with New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act) was struck down. Presumably the thinking behind this is that if pain relief is administered it would imply that the unborn baby is a human being therefore has human rights, including the right to life.

It must be tedious for the abortion industry to have to wait years to achieve their goal. But they are patient, determined and ruthless. When they have removed all barriers to abortion up to birth they can move on to the next goal, post-birth abortion. They’ve made a promising start in New Zealand.

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Simon Davies
Simon Davies
Simon Davies is a social care professional who takes a particular interest in medical ethics and right-to-life issues.

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