A positive change in a pro-life direction?
A damning poll published by ComRes reveals the British public overwhelmingly oppose the Department of Health’s planned changes to the abortion law, which are to be implemented without the approval of Parliament and in spite of public opinion. The new operating procedures given to abortion clinics will remove the core requirement for a woman to consult with a doctor before an abortion, thereby eradicating the final legal safeguard of the 1967 Abortion Act.
Speaking in his capacity as Chairman of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, Luca Volontè stated:
In late January, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute warned of the proposed changes, which the UK Department of Health (DoH) published without announcement or notification. Following the discovery of the consultation by pro-life groups, the DoH unsuccessfully attempted to close the process a full three weeks before its term had been concluded. This weekend, a ComRes poll found mass opposition to the plans, with 92% of women and 85% of men agreeing with the statement: “a woman requesting an abortion should always be seen in person by a qualified doctor”. Furthermore, 88% of women and 85% of men supported the ban on abortions based solely on gender – a crime which the Crown Prosecution Service refuses to prosecute for, claiming it ‘not within public interest.’
By attempting to rewrite the law on abortion through this clandestine method rather than a draft amendment to the 1967 Abortion Act, the DoH will not only be acting against public opinion but shall also bypass the British Parliament, which has not been granted any time to debate or vote on the issue. On hearing that the changes to the practice of the law would not be given time in Parliament, Nirj Deva MEP, President of the International Committee on Human Dignity, said: