'Back-Alley Abortions' in the 21st Century
Flouting abortion laws
As Weblog has noted earlier, Britain seems to be in the middle of a soul-searching moment when it comes to abortion, and is seriously considering an extension of its limits on late-term abortions. The country currently bans abortion past the 24th week of gestation, but may roll that backeven to as early as 12 weeks.
But would it really matter? Would it stop a single abortion? A horrific exposé in The Telegraph newspaper yesterday suggests that it might not. But the exposé itself might lead to some important and positive changes in changing British minds about late-term abortions and the country's abortion industry.
Here's the bottom line from yesterday's Telegraph package:
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the NHS-funded charity that is the country's largest abortion provider, is facilitating illegal late terminations of healthy pregnancies for hundreds of women without medical justification, an investigation by The Telegraph has revealed.
Extensive covert video and audio recordings exposed a horrific underground industry in which women carrying healthy fetuses beyond the 24-week legal cutoff and who want to end their pregnancies for "social" reasons, travel to an abortion clinic in Spain on the recommendation of BPAS. The organization refers them there as a matter of "policy."
That violates both British and Spanish law, the newspaper notes. Britain bans "anything done with intent to procure the miscarriage" after 24 weeks unless the fetus is seriously handicapped or if the mother's health is in grave danger. Spain only allows abortions after 22 weeks if the mother's health is in grave danger. So, the paper reveals, staff at the Spanish clinic falsely certify that every woman who comes ...
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