Christians condemn ‘shocking disrespect for human life’ after doctors vote to decriminalise abortion

Jun 28, 2017 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today:

Doctors’ chiefs have backed decriminalising abortion, adding their voice to those calling for a change in legislation.

Delegates at the British Medical Association’s annual conference voted in favour of changing the law on abortion so women would not be at risk of prosecution if they failed to get a doctors’ permission before a termination.

[…]  The vote does not change the BMA’s support for the current 24-week limit for abortion.

But the chair of the Christian Medical Fellowship, Peter Saunders, said doctors would be ‘dismayed’ by the decision, adding the vote was for ‘abortion on demand, without restriction including on length of gestation and sex’.

He pointed to research that suggested seven in 10 women wanted to see the abortion time limit reduced to 20 weeks or below and more than nine in 10 favoured a total ban on sex-selective abortion.

‘The polling is very clear that women and indeed the wider public do not support deregulating abortion to allow a free-for-all, which is being proposed by these extreme pro-abortion campaigners. In fact the poll found huge support for tightening the law to end the practice of sex-selective abortions and to look at reducing the upper time limit,’ he said.

‘Decriminalising abortion would remove all protection to unborn babies regardless of any factor, gestation, sex or disability. This would mean that anyone at all could cause the death of an unborn baby in any way whatsoever, with or without the mother’s consent, and be liable only for any damage done to the mother.’

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said: ‘This debate and vote had no public mandate. Recent polling shows that only 1 per cent of women want to legalise abortion up to birth. 70 per cent of women want the current limit of 24 weeks to be lowered and 91 per cent desire an explicit ban on “gender-abortion”.’ She said the vote showed a ‘shocking disrespect for human life’.

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See also:

More than one thousand doctors revolt over bid to allow abortions right up to birth, by Sophie Borland, MailOnline

“Unwitting stooge” of abortion extremists: BMA votes for decriminalization, from SPUC

Children’s doctor who treats premature babies quits the doctor’s union after it voted to decriminalize abortion, by Jonathan Petre and Stephen Adams, Mail on Sunday

70,000 march in Ireland to Save the 8th, from SPUC

Physicians without chests: On the call to end conscientious objection in medicine, by Michael Stark and Grace Stark, Public Discourse


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