September 21, 2005
Late abortion referrals 'legal'Topics: Life Issues
An inquiry by England's Chief Medical Officer has declared that a charity that referred a woman abroad who was seeking a late-term abortion was not breaking the law, although they were criticised for their handling of the case. According to The Sunday Telegraph (via BBCNews), the British Pregnancy Advisory Service(BPAS), referred a woman to abort a 26-week-old
foetus unborn child, whereas the legal limit in the UK is 24 weeks. BPAS said it was pleased the inquiry found it was operating legally and would study the recommendations.
(...) The Sunday newspaper reported BPAS was helping set up late abortions after an undercover journalist was referred to a Spanish clinic by the charity to abort a 26-week-old foetus.Strange, I could swear that the 24 week-old "fetus" sure looks like a child to me. Why is it that I find the killing of an unborn child by it's 'mother' so disturbing? I know she is exercising her "choice," but since when does "choosing to kill make it right? If a man injures the mother and the "fetus" dies, the man has killed an unborn child - according to the law. Confused? So is the law. In both, a human being has been "killed," but the laws of the land proclaim that only one of the two are guilty of murder.
(...) Although the legal limit for most abortions in the UK is 24 weeks, BPAS does give women past that stage details of other countries where they can obtain abortions.
(...) The only exceptions to the UK rule is where a woman's life is in danger or if there is a real risk that the child, if born would have a severe physical or mental disability. In those cases, there is no legal time limit.
(...) We welcome the confirmation that the service we provide is lawful (Ann Furedi, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
Posted by Richard at September 21, 2005 2:36 PM
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