It’s projected that by the time of the 2015 general election, the number of abortions carried out in the UK since the Abortion Act (1967) will have exceeded 8.2 million, higher than the population of London (8.1 million) or the current combined populations of Scotland (5.2 million) and Wales (3.0 million). This is despite virtually infallible contraception (the ‘pill’) having been available to British women throughout this period. Did the politicians who passed the Act in 1967 realise that abortions might be carried out on such a vast scale, over so many years? We can only hope not.
The following article – titled ‘Something’s wrong when life is as disposable as a nappy’ – was written by Amanda Platell and published in today’s Daily Mail:
After years of debate and an all-night sitting this week in parliament, the Irish Government has just passed legislation allowing abortions.
They insist it will not open the floodgates for abortion on demand, because terminations will be allowed only in very restricted circumstances – where the mother’s life is at risk or she is in danger of committing suicide.
The new law was greeted with celebration by many Irish women, dismay by others – and a sense of trepidation among those of us who have witnessed the abortion free-for-all that now exists in this country.
What began in Britain as sensitive, well-intentioned legislation to allow women to terminate pregnancies if they really needed to has become a form of contraception for the careless.
The legislation states that abortions are permitted only if the continuation of the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or will have an adverse effect on her mental health.
But over the 40 years since its introduction, the liberal Establishment and ‘progressive’ doctors widened the interpretation of mental health to the extent that, today, any mother who wants to abort a baby can do so, with mental health being cited as the reason in 98% of terminations. [My emphasis.]
Shocking statistics this week showed there were 185,122 terminations in England and Wales in 2011, the latest year for which figures are available. For some, abortion appears to have become a lifestyle choice: in 2011, 4,500 women had had at least four abortions, 1,334 were on their fifth, and 33 women had had nine or more.
The truth is that the debate about abortion in England and Wales, with its insistence on a woman’s right to choose, has ignored the fact some women have come to regard termination as a form of birth control.
Of course, there are circumstances in which abortion is necessary. Ireland’s decision to legalise follows the death in an Irish hospital last October of Indian-born Savita Halappanavar, after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy while she was miscarrying at 17 weeks.
There are cases, too, in which the birth of a child would ruin a women’s life. But these tragic circumstances, where abortion is the right option, could not be more different from those in which incipient life forms are considered as disposable as a nappy.
In our public consultation document (link below) we invite respondents to suggest further areas J4MB should consider, with a view to possibly including them in our 2015 general election manifesto.
A large number of respondents have already suggested proposals to restrict the grounds on which women can obtain abortions. This subject isn’t currently covered by the document. Interestingly, the area of abortion is the single additional area most often cited by female respondents. It’s less commonly cited by men, but when men do mention it, it’s often because of men’s total lack of reproductive rights – men having no legal right to challenge women’s ‘choices’, whatever those choices might be. Men only have potential responsibilities in this area. In the case of a woman becoming pregnant – whether accidentally or otherwise – and she decides to bear the child, the man will be required to financially support the child for 18+ years. If he fails to do so – or the mother refuses to identify the man – the financial burden will fall on taxpayers. Men collectively pay 72% of the income tax in the UK, women only 28%. As usual, women exercise ‘choices’, and men pay the bills, either individually or collectively.
We shall shortly start the process of drawing up proposals in this area, and will post a revised public consultation document in due course. Feedback on the proposals in this area, as in other areas, may influence whether this issue will be included in our 2015 general election manifesto.