Abortion: 1 in 4 babies slaughtered

635,679 babies were born in the UK in 2006 and 194,000 abortions were carried out. That's 23.3% of all pregnancies which end in abortion. As you can tell from the headline, Hunter is pro-life. Always has been. But even "pro-choice" enthusiasts must surely be shocked at the news that 1 in 4 babies are terminated (up by 4% since 2005)? The question Iain Dale poses, is what to do about it? Hunter accepts that it would be very difficult, although not impossible, to 'turn back the clock', so Hunter would like to make the following suggestions which may not be universally accepted by fellow pro-lifers:

1. Introduce better sex education - kicking off in primary schools. Hard-hitting facts about sex, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies be introduced to children as young as 10;

2. The relaxation of the rules and regulations governing the pill and condoms to youngsters. Give them out at secondary schools;

3. For all schools to provide a member of staff with whom children can speak freely and seek help with complete privacy and confidentiality;

4. Introduce compulsory counselling and a two-week 'cooling off' period for all women seeking an abortion;

5. Cut the upper abortion limit from 24 to 14/12 weeks and bring it in line with the European average.

6. To better monitor abortions carried out in the 'private sector' (abotions carried out in private can be far worse than those on the NHS - some clinics perform abortions right up to birth);

7. Properly define under what circumstances a woman may have a termination under English and Welsh law;

8. Keep the status quo in Northern Ireland (where abortion is still illegal - a policy which unites all the churches and political parties).

9. Overhaul adoption policies by making it easier to adopt children by getting rid of politically-correct and needless bureaucracy;

10. Support for pregnant women on low-incomes who do meet certain criteria, e.g. work or are in full-time education.

Anything that I've missed out? What would you do to reduce the number of abortions?


James said...

Some interseting but mostly impractical ideas.

1) This I agree with.
2) Condoms yes, the pill no. The pill needs a medical input before being given.
3) Sounds nice but will be expensive. Not sure how it will help.
4) Not practical or safe. This will mean women having later abortions (ie surgical extraction rather than medical) increasing the risk.
5) If this does happen then yes tighten things up
6) Already defined, you just dont agre with the implementation.
7) Another reason to get religion out of politics. Also not sure how this will help. NI women simply go to England to get one.
8) I'm sure there is some but do you have any specific "politically-correct and needless bureaucracy" in mind?

James said...

Just noticed there are two number 5s. Missed the one on the upper limit.

You don't explain why you think 12/14 weeks is preferable to 24, seems arbitrary to me. No cut off is perfect but there are reasons to argue 24 is a reasonable cut off. The anomaly scan, which looks for signs of conditions like Down's, isn't done until ~20 weeks, so 24 gives parents time after the scan to decide what to do so they hopefully aren't rushed into a decision.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

I think it's morally wrong to want to end the life of a child because it has a disability like Downs. Hitlet tried it, you know.

Anonymous said...

You are male - you are gay. You are never likely to face this situation. You should be slaughtered. Let\'s make homosexuality a crime. Oh yes, it used to be. Let\'t turn the clock back.

Darkersideofbridgetjones said...

Better education - yep.
A media campaign which reminds women that abortion is not contraception.
I believe in life.
Women shouldn't have unwanted pregnancies these days - it's ridiculous.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

So, Anon, being gay and male can’t make me pro-life? You're talking shit. You're a coward. Why won't you reveal your name? You're also a bigot! Dim Leb or Labour?

Gavin F said...

I generally agree with James' comments.Religion and politics is definitely a bad mix!

The answer is to take action to help prevent unwanted pregnancies, not wasting time, money and energy on trying to take away a fundamental right of choice and going back to the days of back-street abortions.

We have a population crisis developing on this planet. How much more would we be adding to this if those 25% of unwanted children had been born?