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?