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Backdoor abortion

March 2014

The UK government’s draft regulations on abortions are ‘dangerous and dishonest’, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has warned.

According to a statement from the organisation, the Department of Health (DoH) ushered through a new document on required standard operating procedures for private abortion providers.

The CLC has called it an attempt to further undermine protections built into the Abortion Act, by removing doctors further from the process of abortion and face-to-face contact with women.

The proposed regulations, which were open for consultation until the beginning of February this year, suggest that, although it is good practice for at least one doctor to see a woman considering abortion, ‘this is not a legal requirement’.

The document also suggests that non-doctors may carry out the abortion procedure, for example, ‘[administering] the drugs used for medical abortions’, as long as a doctor ‘decides upon, initiates and takes responsibility throughout the process’.

Andrea Williams, CLC chief executive, said, ‘Putting further distance between doctors and women considering abortion flies in the face of the spirit and letter of the 1967 Abortion Act, that put strong protections in place for the sake of women’.


Citing recent revelations from The Independent about gender-related abortion and the use of ‘pre-signed’ abortion forms, Ms Williams said, ‘This already suggests a level of contempt for proper process and has caused widespread shock.

‘It is remarkable that instead of applying the law and pursuing prosecution, the government seems happy to acquiesce in this blatant disregard and even to allow further liberalisation, by the back door, buried in regulations’.

Meanwhile, following The Independent’s revelations of gendercide, primarily among Muslims and Hindus living in the UK, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has called for immediate reform of the DoH’s abortion policy that, according to Paul Tully, general secretary of SPUC, promotes abortion for any reason.

He said, ‘The pro-life movement condemns abortion as an anti-woman policy as well anti-child. However it is important to recognise that most baby girls (and boys) who are aborted are killed by doctors who pretend that the mother’s mental health is at risk.

‘The serious cultural prejudice against girls among a small percentage of UK citizens should not be used as a smokescreen for the ongoing slaughter of many hundreds of thousands of babies in the womb’.

He cited figures which showed that in 2013 the NHS and NHS Scotland funded the abortion of an estimated 100,000 girl babies in Britain.