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January 2008

SPUC and illegal abortion

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has lamented the fact that illegal abortion is reportedly widespread in Britain. The society was responding to claims made in a BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast.

Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, said: ‘Many years ago we began warning of the danger of RU486 [the so-called ‘morning after pill’ which effectively induces an abortion] being distributed illegally. Those calling for a widening of the abortion law could well worsen the problem by creating a culture where abortion is regarded as morally and medically unrestricted’.

He expressed concern that evidence of illegal abortions should not be used to justify abortion on demand. He continued, ‘Suggestions like abolishing any need for a medical reason for an abortion are likely to increase the pressures on women in difficult circumstances to resort to abortion, especially when they are not aware of the support available from pro-life groups’.

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