New abortion guideline is ideology and bad science

By John Smeaton

Editor’s note. John Smeaton is executive director of the British Society for the Protection of Unborn Child (SPUC). This first appeared on his blog.  Footnotes have been omitted.

The new guideline on abortion issued today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is based on pro-abortion ideology and bad science. Here’s what I told the media about it earlier today:

The RCOG’s new guideline further entrenches its de facto role as the puppet of the abortion industry. Whether it is the physical and psychological effects of abortion, conscientious objection or counselling for women, the RCOG promotes ideology and bad science instead of high clinical and ethical standards.

The RCOG says that counselling should be merely “offered on request”. The new guideline doesn’t even cover counselling in detail. The guideline does, however, give the paltry assurance that “[w]omen should be informed that they have a right to delay or cancel appointments and/or the [abortion] should they wish.”

The RCOG is at pains to convince women that “abortion carried out by an NHS approved provider is a safe procedure.” All the studies which link abortion to breast cancer, ectopic pregnancy, placenta praevia, infertility or psychological harm are dismissed The right of medics to conscientious objection to abortion is interpreted in falsely narrow terms (note 9).

Chillingly, the guideline recommends that in some cases “feticide should be performed…to ensure that there is no risk of a live birth.” That is the reality of abortion: the killing of babies, denied their equal right to life as innocent members of the human family.