The BMA Must Not Support Abortion Up to Birth

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The BMA Must Not Support Abortion Up to Birth

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The BMA Must Not Support Abortion Up to Birth

IN BRIEF: The BMA are deciding whether they will support the complete decriminalisation of abortion. This will mean increasing the abortion limit to 28 weeks and possibly even birth. Shockingly, decriminialisation will also making sex-selective abortion - the killing of girls for the crime of being girls - perfectly lawful. We must stop the BMA from doing this...


The British Medical Association (BMA) is holding its Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) on the 25-29 June and, once again, certain factions within the British Medical Association (BMA) are trying to force the organisation to support the total decriminalisation of abortion. This will mean that the abortion limit is increased to at least 28 weeks (7 months) and, if the proponents of decriminalisation get their way, will mean that abortion is made legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.

This would mean making sex-selective abortion legal. It would be perfectly lawful to kill unborn girls for the crime of being girls. This is a revolting form of sexism which no civilised society should tolerate. 

It’s hard to believe that there are people seriously advocating this practice, but unless we do something, the BMA could adopt “decriminalisation” - potentially abortion up to birth - as their official position on abortion. Prominent abortionist and advocate for decriminalisation Wendy Savage has given vocal support to abortion on the grounds of the sex of the child.

Not only is abortion up until birth deeply unjust, these proposals are also seriously out of step with what the public, and women in particular, want.

A ComRes poll last month:

• Only 1% want the abortion time limit raised to birth
• 70% of women would like the current time limit for abortion to be lowered.
• 59% of women would like the abortion time limit lowered to 16 weeks or lower.
• 93% of women want independent abortion counselling introduced.
• 91% of women want an explicit sex-selective abortion ban.
• 79% of general population want a five-day consideration period before abortion.
• 84% of women want improved pregnancy support for women in crisis.
• 76% of population want introduction of doctors to verify that women are not coerced.
• 70% of parents want introduction of parental consent for girls 15 and under to get abortions.

The vast majority of women do not want abortion up to birth. In fact, as can be seen, 70% of women want the abortion limit lowered. A clear majority want to see an outright ban on sex-selective abortion.

Additionally, from a legal standpoint, these motions appear to be extremely poorly thought through. By removing sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act (which is what decriminalisation entails), it would become extremely difficult to prosecute in cases of forced abortion.

In R. v Magira [2009] the husband wanted his wife to have an abortion. She wanted to keep the baby. So he went online and ordered abortion pills that he gave her without her knowledge or consent. In this case, fortunately, the pills did not work and the child was born healthy. The husband was convicted of attempting to procure an abortion and sentenced to three years in prison.

This conviction is entirely right and just – it is not controversial, but repealing sections 58 and 59 will make it much harder to secure convictions of this kind of which there are several every year.

Please sign this petition against any motions in the BMA ARM which seek to decriminalise abortion and therefore introduce abortion on demand, for any reason (including for sex-selection) up to 28 weeks, or even up to birth.

http://www.comresglobal.com/polls/where-do-they-stand-abortion-survey/

https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/committees/arm-2017

https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/committees/arm-2017/arm-open-policy/decriminalisation-of-abortion

https://www.bma.org.uk/-/media/files/pdfs/collective%20voice/committees/arm/2017/bma-2017-decriminalisation-of-abortion-discussion-paper.pdf?la=en

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The BMA Must Not Support Abortion Decriminalisation

For the attention of Dr Anthea Mowat, elected BMA Representative Body chair.

Dear Dr. Mowat,

I note with great concern and disappointment that the BMA will be discussing its views on abortion decriminalisation within the UK.

Depending upon how exactly decriminalisation is implemented, this could mean permitting abortion throughout all nine months and permitting sex-selective abortion.

The justifications in favour of decriminalisation are exceptionally weak and are wildly out of touch with what women actually think/want.

A recent ComRes poll interviewed 2,008 British adults online between 12th and 14th May 2017. Data was weighted to be representative of all British adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

• Only 1% want the abortion time limit raised to birth
• 70% of women would like the current time limit for abortion to be lowered.
• 59% of women would like the abortion time limit lowered to 16 weeks or lower.
• 93% of women want independent abortion counselling introduced.
• 91% of women want an explicit sex-selective abortion ban.
• 79% of general population want a five-day consideration period before abortion.
• 84% of women want improved pregnancy support for women in crisis.
• 76% of population want introduction of doctors to verify that women are not coerced.
• 70% of parents want introduction of parental consent for girls 15 and under to get abortions.

It is clear from this data that the general population and women in particular, do not want the abortion limit to be raised to 28 weeks or birth. In fact, as can be seen, only 1% want this extremist position on abortion.

Indeed, part of the reason for the reduction of the abortion limit from 28 weeks to 24 weeks was due to improved technology which allowed babies to survive outside the womb at an earlier stage. Now, it is becoming increasingly common for babies to survive outside of the womb as early as 22 weeks. To allow abortion up to birth given a baby’s increased likelihood of survival is as senseless as it is callous.

From a legal standpoint, these motions appear to be extremely poorly thought through. By removing sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act (which is what decriminalisation means), it would become extremely difficult to prosecute in cases of forced abortion.

In R. v Magira [2009] the husband wanted his wife to have an abortion. She wanted to keep the baby. So he went online and ordered abortion pills that he gave her without her knowledge or consent. In this case, fortunately, the pills did not work and the child was born healthy. The husband was convicted of attempting to procure an abortion and sentenced to three years in prison.

This conviction is entirely right and just – it is not controversial, but repealing sections 58 and 59 will make it much harder to secure convictions of this kind of which there are several every year.

With these considerations in mind, I urge you respect the will of the general public, including the majority of women, who are evidently deeply opposed to this ideologically driven move, and reject any motion calling for decriminalisation.

The public does not want this abortion extremism; women do not want this abortion extremism.

The BMA must not join the Royal College of Midwives in their betrayal of the medical profession. The BMA must not allow the ideological views of some of its members to dictate good practice in medicine.

Pregnancy is not a disease in need of a cure. The public know this. The BMA must continue to recognise it too.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

The BMA Must Not Support Abortion Up to Birth

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