New Calls To End Eugenic Abortions In The Week A Judge Handed Down A Sentence of 8 Years For The Death of An Unborn Child

Down’s Syndrome – a death sentence for the baby but no prison sentence for those who end their lives.

A British Swimmer Who Has Downs Syndrome

 

In the same week that a  Judge handed down a sentence of eight years to a woman who killed her unborn baby at 39 weeks gestation, calls have been made to end eugenic abortions in Britain (see below).

There is a link between these two stories because if the convicted mother had been able to claim that her baby had a disability – such as cleft palate or Down’s Syndrome – she would legally have been able to kill the baby right up and even during its birth.

There is also a link, as the article below points out, between our celebration of the achievements of people with disabilities and our discriminatory abortion laws which single out babies with disabilities for “special” treatment – that is, their death. This is cold blooded eugenics – for which no sentence of years in jail is handed down to those who legislated to make it legal or those who end these babies lives.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9551305/Call-for-ban-on-disability-abortions-after-Paralympics.html

 

 

The Telegraph:

Call for ban on disability abortions after Paralympics

19 September

The success of the Paralympics should trigger a rethink of Britain’s abortion laws to make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy because a child will be born disabled, a coalition of campaigners and charities argues today.

An alliance of pro-life campaigners and religious groups is launching a new push to restrict the 1967 Abortion Act, to prevent doctors terminating pregnancies on the grounds of physical abnormality.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, they describe the practice of aborting foetuses on physical grounds as a form of “eugenics”.

The letter, signed by leading figures from groups such as Life and the Pro-Life Alliance, as well as the Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland and a number of evangelical Christian groups, argues that the current law enshrines a form of disability discrimination.

Also among the nine signatories is Peter Elliott, a businessman who founded the Down Syndrome Research Foundation UK, after the birth of his son, David, in 1985.

The signatories say that while pregnancies can be terminated even up to 40 weeks on physical grounds in certain circumstances, the moment the child is born a “moral volte-face” is performed and the official approach is “full of compassion”.

“The recent Paralympics made this contradiction yet more glaring,” the letter says.

“The athletes produced such astonishing examples of courage and triumphs over disability that we now have to rethink what we mean by ‘disabled’ and ‘able’.”

The 1967 abortion act, as it is currently applied, allows terminations up to 24 weeks if two doctors agree that the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman is in jeopardy.

After that, however, abortion is possible in cases in which there is a “substantial risk” that the child will suffer from a “serious handicap”.

It is also permitted in cases where the life of the mother is judged to be at risk from the continuation of the pregnancy.

The most recent figures available show that there were 146 abortions after the 24-week limit in 2011 in England and Wales out of a total of almost 190,000.

But overall there were more than 500 abortions after screening for Down’s Syndrome.

The campaigners argue that this amounts to a form of eugenics – the belief that a society can be “improved” through controlled breeding to increase the occurrences of desirable characteristics.

But supporters of abortion reacted with anger saying that the term – with its Nazi connotations – was an “insult” to women who had faced agonising choices.

“Eugenic abortion is bad medicine,” the letter states.

“Killing people with disabilities, rather than striving to support and care for them, is contrary to the high principles of medicine.”

They insist that the “positive and civilised” approach is exemplified by the work of baby hospices and greater research into fetal conditions rather than allowing terminations.

Prof Jack Scarisbrick, founder of the anti-abortion group Life, said that the group is hoping to mobilise pro-life MPs to bring forward a private members bill in the Commons to amend the act.

A simple two-clause bill could make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after screening for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, he said.

“We are very hopeful that now we can make a move from a new direction, that rather than focusing on weeks and grounds for abortion we can tackle this particular aspect which we believe we can win.

“That would send a wonderful signal across the world.”

But Darinka Aleksic, campaigns coordinator at the Abortion Rights group, said: “Every year about one per cent of abortions are carried out on the grounds of fetal abnormality.

“A diagnosis of this sort places families in an extremely painful and difficult situation, which requires privacy and support as they decide whether to continue with the pregnancy.

“We believe that the decision is a matter for the parents and their doctors alone. It should not be used as a political football.

“Using terms like ‘eugenic abortion’ is an insult to people who are faced with this difficult choice.

“Pro-choice supporters respect the rights of all women, including those with disabilities, to make their own reproductive choices.

“We believe women are best placed to make the right decision for themselves and their families.”

A Department of Health spokesman said: “There are some circumstances where the law permits an abortion beyond 24 weeks – for example where there is a substantial risk of serious physical or mental handicap.

“This decision is not taken lightly. Two doctors must agree on the seriousness of the handicap, while also taking into account the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ guideline on abortion and foetal abnormality is clear that a woman needs sufficient information and time to help her understand the nature of the foetal abnormality and the probable outcome of the pregnancy so that she is able to make an informed decision about the options available to her.”

 

The 2015 Right To Life Memorial Walk In The Ribble Valley On Bank Holiday Monday was undertaken this year in memory of the late Jim Dobbin

The 2015 Right To Life Memorial Walk In the Ribble Valley on Bank Holiday Monday was undertaken this year in memory of the late Jim Dobbin, the chairman of the parliamentary all-party pro life group. His co-chairman, the recently re-elected Fiona Bruce MP, took part in the walk, along with Bishop John Arnold and Archbishop-Emeritus, Patrick Kelly.

Some of the 2015 walkers having arrived back in Clitheroe

Some of the 2015 walkers having arrived back in Clitheroe

Fiona Bruce MP, who chairs the All Party Pro- Life Group in Parliament.

Fiona Bruce MP, who chairs the All Party Pro- Life Group in Parliament.

David Alton and Bishop John Arnold greet Jim Dobbin's widow, Pat Dobbin.

David Alton and Bishop John Arnold greet Jim Dobbin’s widow, Pat Dobbin.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly - Liverpool's Archbishop Emeritus - tells the walkers to be consistently pro life, upholding the value and dignity of every life at every stage.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly – Liverpool’s Archbishop Emeritus – tells the walkers to be consistently pro life, upholding the value and dignity of every life at every stage.

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Previous Years…

Right To Life Memorial Walk In The Ribble Valley On Bank Holiday Monday – 2012 and 2013 – and Parliamentary Question June 2013 on Gender Abortions and Repeat Abortions

Some of the walkers, at Clitheroe, beginning the Right To Life Memorial Walk In The Ribble Valley On Bank Holiday Monday -  2013

Some of the walkers, at Clitheroe, beginning the Right To Life Memorial Walk In The Ribble Valley On Bank Holiday Monday – 2013

Under Starters Orders – 2012

With Jim Dobbin MP, Fiona Bruce MP and John Cotter, Chairman of Right to Life..

The annual Right To Life walk took place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27th 2012, and followed the River Ribble across eight miles of beautiful countryside.  Before the walkers set off from the parish centre of Our Lady of the Valley, in Clitheroe (http://www.olotv.org.uk/ ), RTL’s Chairman, John Cotter, said that this year’s walk would also be a memorial walk in memory of RTL’s founder, Mrs.Phyllis Bowman DSG, and founding Chairman, Ken Hargreaves MBE KSG, who both died earlier this year. Monsignor John Corcoran, led the walkers in prayer and also undertook the walk – joined by the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pro Life Group, Jim Dobbin MP KSG, and Lord Alton of Liverpool.     Fiona Bruce MP, the Group’s Vice Chairman, addressed the walkers and told them of the parliamentary battles which lie ahead – on abortion, embryology and renewed attempts to legalise euthanasia. The organiser of the walk, Mrs.Moira Billinge, said that there had already been some  generous donations to enable RTL to continue its life saving work but that more funds are desperately needed. Right To Life remains the only British Pro-life group which provides support for the political and parliamentary campaigns aimed at changing law as well as attitudes: http://www.righttolifetrust.org.uk/ Donations may be sent via Mr.Billinge at moira.billinge@btinternet.com

Fiona Bruce MP with Roger Lasance

Jim Dobbin MP and Hugh Cooper

Organiser Moira Billinge – In the thick of it

The unborn child at 18 weeks gestation.

With Phyllis Bowman

Ken Hargreaves MBE KSG

Ribble Valley Walk For RTL 2012

Jim Dobbin MP with James Alton

RTL Walk 2012

RTL Walk 2012

RTL Walk 2012

RTL Walk 2012 – with Chatburn and Pendle Hill in the distance

RTL Walk 2012 – the walk’s conclusion at Clitheroe

——————————————————————————————————– Question in Parliament – June 2013 – concerning gender abortions and repeat abortions. Figures have revealed that three teenagers had, between them had 24 abortions while some people seeking abortions have had more than 8. House of Lords Thursday, 6 June 2013. 11 am Prayers—read by the Lord Bishop of Derby. Abortion Question 11.06 am Asked by Baroness Knight of Collingtree To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to cease the practice of terminations of pregnancy in NHS hospitals that are not compliant with the Abortion Act 1967. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): My Lords, in 2012 the Secretary of State instructed the Care Quality Commission to inspect NHS and independent abortion providers to ensure compliance with the Abortion Act 1967. The Chief Medical Officer also wrote to all providers of abortion services, reminding them of their obligations under the Act. All allegations of illegal abortions are taken very seriously and should be reported to the police, who will, if appropriate, conduct a criminal investigation. Baroness Knight of Collingtree: My Lords, is it not the case that early last year the Government’s own care quality inspectors found, in a number of abortion clinics, piles of forms signed by doctors authorising abortions for women they had never seen, let alone examined? Was it not also reported that other abortions were being done for non-medical reasons such as that the child coming was a girl? Why has so little been done to stop these happenings when they are so blatantly against the law of the land? Earl Howe: My Lords, the Care Quality Commission has put in place procedures to identify pre-signing or other instances of non-compliance, and they are confident that these would now be picked up during inspections. However, my noble friend is right; there was a concern early last year that this pre-signing was happening. Since then, however, the CQC has been working directly with providers who are registered to provide termination of pregnancy services to ensure that they are complying with the requirements of the Act. It is beginning to explore how it can strengthen the registration process alongside its regular inspection activities. I therefore suggest to my noble friend that it is not a case of nothing having happened. On sex selection, we have no evidence at all of gender-related abortions in the UK. Again, concerns were expressed about this in the press, but analysis has been done that shows that the UK birth ratio is within normal limits Lord Alton of Liverpool: My Lords, does the noble Earl accept that some cases were referred to the police last year where gender abortions were identified? Will he welcome the decision of Ranjit Bilkhu and a group of Asian women in this country to set up an organisation to challenge the attitude that it is permissible to take the life of an unborn child merely because of its gender? Has he noted the Private Member’s Bill of the Member of Parliament for Congleton, Mrs Fiona Bruce, and the Early Day Motion, signed by more than 50 Members of another place, drawing attention to the need at least to collect the data where the gender of a child is known so that we can truly know whether or not this phenomenon is occurring in this country as it does in many other parts of the world, where the three most dangerous words are, “It’s a girl.”? Earl Howe: My Lords, I am aware of all the initiatives mentioned by the noble Lord. The issue of the sex selection of foetuses is, of course, extremely serious. However, as I mentioned in my earlier Answer, following extensive investigation and analysis we do not believe that there is any evidence that this is happening in the UK. That is the prime reason why we do not agree with the noble Lord that measures should be put in place to collect data regularly on the sex of the aborted foetus. Were we to do that it would require changes to legislation. It would also require changes to clinical practice, and it has ethical implications. I hope the noble Lord will understand that we have thought about this very carefully. Lord Mawhinney: Will my noble friend tell us how many prosecutions have taken place in the last year for terminations that fell outside the Act? Earl Howe: I am not aware of any prosecutions in the last 12 months. The Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the evidence of the pre-signing of HSA1 forms and decided not to take further action against some individuals, but other investigations are continuing. Lord Steel of Aikwood: I thank the Minister for the steps that have been taken to stop abuses of the 1967 Act. Will he confirm that there has been a welcome drop in the total number of abortions recently, but that there is still a problem of what are called repeat abortions, where women present who are clearly using abortion as a form of contraception, which is thoroughly undesirable? Earl Howe: My noble friend is right. The abortion rate across England and Wales has been static since 2009. The good news is that the abortion rate for women under 18 has gone down. There was a 9.6% decrease in the rate between 2010 and 2011. On repeat abortions, the news is not so good. The proportion of repeat abortions for women who had abortions in 2011 was 36%. The figure was higher than it had been the previous year, which is a matter for concern. Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, I very much welcome the figures that the Minister gave on the number of abortions going down for younger women, and regret the figure for repeat abortions. Naturally, we must do everything possible to stop illegal abortions. However, will the Minister confirm that it is important that women who need abortions should not be impeded in any way, and that sex education and education about relationships are terribly important? I hope that the Government will be open to accepting amendments to the forthcoming education Bill on that issue. Earl Howe: I am sure that those issues should be discussed very thoroughly. I agree that young people should be taught about relationships. However, I also believe that access to contraception is very important. Our data show that there has been no decrease in the number of women using contraception, and that more women are turning to extremely effective measures such as long-acting contraception. It is encouraging that the abortion rate for the under-18s is coming down. Baroness Masham of Ilton: My Lords, how many late abortions have there been for babies who may have had a handicap? Earl Howe: The vast majority of abortions are performed at under 13 weeks. The figure was 91% in 2011. There has been a continuing increase in the proportion of abortions that are performed under 10 weeks. Again, that is positive news. I do not have detailed information on the issue which the noble Baroness asked about, but I will write to her.