BPAS’s pernicious influence
The number of twelve-year-old girls becoming pregnant and having abortions is increasing, and ‘society just has to come to terms with that’, a leading abortion provider says.
In 2004 there were 15 girls aged twelve who had abortions; up from 10 in 2003, according to figures obtained from the Department of Health by The Sunday Times using freedom of information laws. Among 13-year-olds, 142 girls had abortions in 2004, increasing from 138 in the previous year.
Ann Furedi, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a nationwide abortion provider, told The Sunday Times: ‘This is a tiny number of girls. Children grow up very quickly in our society. They are maturing faster physically, psychologically and socially, and society just has to come to terms with that’.
The Christian Institute points out that BPAS is a registered charity heavily funded with public money. Its latest published accounts show an annual income of over £23 million, but only £2000 of that came from donations. Almost all its income comes from fees. It facilitates abortions for almost 50,000 women each year, nearly 80% under contracts with the NHS.