Abortion - history

Abortion - history

Abortion - history Abortion act 1967 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008 Abortion act 1967 Provided immunity for prosecution under the Offences against the Person Act 1861 for certain categories of abortion Abortion on grounds of risk to mental or

physical health of mother up to 28 weeks Abortions up to term to save life of mother 1990 HFE act Human embryos can be frozen, experimented upon and destroyed Door opened for pre-implantation diagnosis, therapeutic cloning, saviour siblings Social abortions up to 24 weeks

Abortions for disability up to term Results of 1967 and 1990 acts 6.8 million abortions 2.2 million embryos destroyed HFE bill 2008 liberalising agenda The coalition

Prochoice MPs, Sci & Tech Cttee Abortion providers FPA, MS, BPAS Institutions BMA, RCN, RCOG, BAPM Trade unions The agenda

Abortion on request up to 24 weeks Nurse-led medical abortion at home Excluding doctors who object from seeing patients Extension of act to Northern Ireland Public opinion is changing More than three-quarters of women support a reduction in the six month upper age limit Nearly two-thirds of the public want the upper

age limit reduced now 65% of GPs support a reduction in the limit Concerns about late abortion 100 late abortions beyond 24 weeks each year since 1991 Recent case at 26 weeks for cleft palate

Joanna Jepson Downs Syndrome Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleft_lip_and_pa late http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_NcF3jUMJxk http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FUKwv0YH0ZM

Other factors Abortions survivors Neonatal survival Foetal pain? Health effects of abortion European averages:

Average limit 13 weeks 16/27 countries in Europe 12 weeks or below Alive and Kicking 12 organisations http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/ ugr/mbchb/societies/isc/cmf/ Agenda Supporting amendments to HFE bill seeking

Lowering of 24 week limit Lowering of birth upper limit for disabled babies Fully informed consent for women Opposing liberalising amendments Publicity

Projection onto houses of parliament http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/ article396820.ece Website with MPs database The 20 weeks campaign Nadine Dorries MP Another good website! http:// www.the20weekscamp

aign.org/ Passion for life Roadshow MPs and peers visiting 20 venues One million postcards distributed Mass lobby of parliament What happened?

20 weeks campaign pushed parliament into defence mode Glasgow by-election lost on pro-life vote NI protest over threat to impose liberal abortion World economic crisis creates mayhem for government PM Gordon Brown prevents the debate from taking place Key elements of strategy

Lots and lots of prayer Achievable objectives Winning the scientific arguments Working with the co-beligerents Infiltrating institutions Mobilising supporters Using the media effectively

Effective political lobbying What can students do? Get informed Pray Join Alive and Kicking (and Care not Killing) Write letters to MP www.writetothem.com Educate others students and churches Get involved in the BMA

What can students do (2)? The key issue is availability and willingness to put your head above the parapet Whom shall I send and who will go for us? And I said Here I am, send me! (Isaiah 6:8) Getting involved With thanks to Peter Saunders for these slides

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