Editor’s note. This post comes from SPUC–The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and is reposted with permission.
Abortion campaigners have launched a new campaign encouraging parliamentary candidates to sign a pledge committing to support the decriminalization of abortion – despite an authoritative new poll showing that the public are overwhelmingly opposed to such a move.
Abortion provider the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and UK Friends of Planned Parenthood (UKFPP) Tuesday launched the “My pledge, her choice” campaign [http://mypledgeherchoice.org/].
It calls on candidates standing for election on June 8 to sign a pledge committing to “1. Protect clinic access and funding for all UK women, 2. Oppose parliamentary attacks on abortion rights and 3. Support further moves to decriminalize abortion, in line with the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2017”.
Ignoring the evidence
The website makes their case by saying that “polling suggests that the British public support a more progressive abortion law than we currently have. Despite this, anti-abortion MPs regularly propose measures to restrict abortion rights further.”
However, the campaign makes no mention of the ComRes poll published on May 22, which revealed the exact opposite – that the public are uneasy with current abortion legislation, and favor greater restrictions.
In fact, one headline on Wednesday ran “Well over half of British people support stricter abortion laws according to a new poll by ComRes.” The poll, commissioned by grass roots initiative Where Do They Stand, is the most extensive UK polling in the last decade on abortion.
It revealed that only 1% of the public favors abortion up to birth, which would almost certainly be the result if abortion was taken out of the criminal law. And far from supporting “a more progressive abortion law,” 70% of women said the time-limit for abortion should be lowered.
This campaign seems to confirm the evidence from the ComRes poll that the abortion industry is out of touch with the views of the public. For instance, an article in iNews promoting the campaign talks of “attempts to further criminalize abortion through a ban on so-called “sex-selective abortions,” an anti-choice bill masquerading as compassion for vulnerable women.”
In contrast, the poll found that 91% of women believe that gender-selective abortion should specifically be made illegal.
Short of ideas
“This campaign shows just how extreme the abortion industry’s agenda is, and the disconnect between them and the public,” said
SPUC’s Communications Officer Alithea Williams. “It’s interesting to see that they are so worried about the increasing effectiveness of pro-life advocacy that they are using SPUC’s idea of having politicians sign a pledge, as well as Where Do They Stand’s method of contacting parliamentary candidates on the issue of abortion. “
She added, “They are desperate and short of ideas. In addition, they’ve really done us a favor, as their list of candidates who signed the pledge seems like a pretty good indication of who not to vote for!”