What’s behind the BMA’s abortion vote
SIR – I was disappointed but hardly surprised when the British Medical Association voted in favour of decriminalising abortion: 98 per cent of UK abortions are done on the basis that if the mother does not have the abortion, her mental health is liable to suffer. In marked contrast, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that abortion improves mental health. Doctors were likely to face a legal challenge some time regarding this inconsistency. There is also a powerful pro-abortion presence within the BMA: Dr Wendy Savage, for example, supports abortion on any grounds, including sex selection.
In Parliament, we have the likes of Stella Creasy MP, who has recently compared abortion to having an appendix out. This shows scant respect for the unborn child. Also, a doctor who refuses to refer a patient for an appendix operation on grounds of conscience is rightly going to be fired. What will happen to doctors and nurses when they refuse to refer women for abortion once abortion is decriminalised? It is only logical for the conscience clause covering abortion to be thrown out.
It is heartening to note that all our major pro-life organisations are united in their defence of human life from conception till natural death as never before. They need our complete support as never before.
Dr Pravin Thevathasan
Editor, Catholic Medical Quarterly,Shrewsbury, Shropshire
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