“A study was commissioned high out of the Department of Health, conducted by a very prestigious body, the academy of Medical Royal Colleges in the UK, and they came to the conclusion – only by discounting a lot of evidence that abortion causes harm – that abortion makes no difference either way to a woman’s mental health."
Despite this inadequate conclusion “on that very basis, the abortion law is clearly being widely flouted, since in 98% of cases, abortions are being authorised on the basis that the continuation of pregnancy would make the woman’s mental health worse.”
He continues: “We feel of course that abortion is wrong in all cases. But even on the basis of the pro-abortionists own rules, what they are doing is unlawful and should be stopped.”
“Last year the government’s Chief Medical Officer wrote to all abortion clinics and NHS abortion hospitals spelling out the limited grounds for abortion in law. This appears to have made no difference at all to the widespread illicit practice of abortion on demand.”
“MPs like Anna Soubry, the health minister, and Department of Health officials continue to prompt doctors to offer abortion on demand. Those responsible for the appalling tide of abortions in Britain have entirely ignored the Chief Medical Officer’s letter and continue to follow official guidance requiring doctors to provide abortion virtually on demand.”
The consequences of this latest decision by CPS, Tully foresees, will be grave. “It will send out in the first place the wrong signals to those communities who are inclined, for health, historical or economical reasons, to practice gender selection abortions; It will send out entirely the wrong message to the medical profession about abortion in general.”
Finally, he says that “it will send out the message that there is no interest in upholding the rule of law on the part of the government.”
He explains that while the CPS does not technically come under the jurisdiction of the government, “the Department of Health which is a government department, is intimately involved with the whole provision and practice of abortion in Britain, and it is the department of health which in broader terms is the body which has sickeningly failed to ensure that the rules within our abortion law are observed, and instead of abortions restrictive on medical grounds, we now have abortion being offered on astronomical demand.”
The effects of this, states Tully, will mean leaving “those who want to seek abortions based on the baby’s gender, to think that they can continue doing so. It will also send out the message that the Abortion Act really doesn’t matter.”
He continues: “the rules of the Abortion Act will become regarded as dead letter and it will be seen that the law does not need to be upheld in this area, which is damaging to the whole notion of a society which is organised in government on the democratic basis with the law being upheld to protect the weak and the innocent.”
SPUC has been working to end the violation of abortion law Britain. Their main concern is not so much with the individual doctors who have broken the law here, but for “the protection of unborn children.”
Tully explains that the next vital step is “stopping the organisations that countenance this kind of practice, such as the abortion clinics and the Department of Health’s Sexual Health Team. These are the bodies that Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, should seek to clamp down upon.”
“The Abortion Act is morally wrong and medically ill-founded – and it demonstrates how legalising abortion for ‘hard cases’ is so easily abused. Sex-discrimination abortion is just one example. Since being appointed as health secretary, Jeremy Hunt has done nothing to enforce any of the grounds for abortion required in the law.”
Consequently Mr Tully and the rest of the SPUC team have been campaigning hard for the government to take responsibility in ensuring that abortion law is no longer violated.
“With only 18 months to go to a general election here in the UK" says Tully, "gender selection abortion is one of the issues that we are raising strongly now with MPs both through a parliament context and through our supporters in constituencies around the country."
They are asking members of parliament to challenge the secretary of state for health "to ensure that the abortion law both in the area of gender selection and in wider terms, is not abused as it is widely done so.”