British pro-abortionist’s revisionist history: “Abortion Act” never said only physicians could perform abortion
Use of nurses and midwives could “save money,” speed up services
By Dave Andrusko
Pro-lifers in the United States are familiar, very familiar, with how the deadly work of the Abortion Industry is facilitated, expedited, and justified by a coterie of powerful institutions, including almost the entire Media Elite, virtually all of Academia, and much of the Medical Establishment.
But I honestly can’t think of a better single example of how all these power centers work in cahoots than what is going on this very moment in England.
A couple of weeks ago we posted our own story plus one from our friends at SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children–about how The Arts and Humanities Research Council had given roughly $640,000 to Prof. Sally Sheldon to “fundamentally re-evaluate” the 1967 Abortion Act.
Okay, no doubt we can assume Sheldon would produce an unbiased examination of the law that unleashed abortion on demand through 24 weeks for “normal” babies and until birth for babies with “defects.”
But you would be wrong. As SPUC explained in their letter of protest, Sheldon “a leading advocate of abortion on demand, is a trustee of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the largest provider of abortions to the National Health Service. BPAS has consistently called for abortion to be as freely available as contraception.”
What else? You’ll never guess. Sheldon has already announced (to the hurrahs of the usual cast of characters, including the Royal College of Obstetricians) that all along people had misunderstood the 1967 Abortion Act.
According to Jonathan Petre and Pat Hagan, writing for the [Daily] Mail On Sunday,
Prof. Sheldon, writing in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, said the assumption that doctors alone could conduct abortions was ‘unfounded’.
The Kent University professor said: ‘On the contrary, it would be lawful for appropriately trained nurses or midwives, acting as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to carry out vacuum aspiration procedures.’
Which makes nurses and midwives very nervous. (There is already less and less “tolerance” for anyone in medicine unwilling to be a party to abortion.)
As Tory MP Maria Caulfield, herself a former nurse, said, “Midwives are desperately worried that there is a drive to make abortion easier and they will be called upon to carry out these surgical procedures.”
So government money + rave reviews from the Royal College of Obstetricians for her article in a prestigious medical journal. What else?
The Sunday edition of the Daily Mail in recent months has written a number of stories about the “growing controversy over abortion laws.”
The British Medical Association was last month accused of fuelling a ‘crusade’ to end the 24-week limit on abortions after it published a ‘discussion document’ called Decriminalising Abortion, though it said the document was neutral.
At the same time, Labour MP Diana Johnson introduced a Bill into Parliament to decriminalise abortion.
By the way, guess who one of the bill’s “architects” was? None other than Prof. Sheldon.
This is how the Culture of Death works.
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