Much of the media has been reporting on Ann Furedi’s frightful comments that abortions should not be seen as exceptional but merely as “birth control that women need when their regular method lets them down”.
Life Senior Media & Education Officer, Mark Bhagwandin, responded in the Mail: “Finally, an admission by the abortion industry that it sees abortion as birth control. It is an abhorrent and morally repugnant idea”.
Ann Furedi’s comments came after BPAS revealed earlier this week that 51% of the 60,592 women it treated in 2016 were using at least one form of contraception when they became pregnant.
However, another of BPAS’ recently published reports has not received the same deal of media traction. A report entitled “But I was using contraception: Why women present for abortions after 20 weeks” was published on the BPAS website earlier this week. It is interesting that BPAS have chosen now to launch a report on late term abortions.
One clear agenda
It is obvious that the report has one clear agenda, to do the seemingly impossible: to make late term abortion palatable and to normalise it in the public sphere.
The report focuses on why women present for late term abortions, in a desperate attempt to move the conversation away from the reality of late term abortion; that is, the use of feticide on unborn babies.
For those who are not aware, feticide is where a saline solution (potassium chloride) is injected into the baby’s heart causing a fatal heart attack. The baby’s body is then removed piece by piece via surgical dilation and evacuation (D&E), using forceps with sharp metal jaws.
The procedure is barbaric by any reasonable person’s standards.
In 2012, BPAS’ Medical Director Patricia Lohr reported in Abortion Review that: “At BPAS, we routinely perform intra-cardiac potassium chloride injections before D&E at 22+0 weeks and greater”.
This corresponds with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommendation that feticide should be “routinely offered” after 22 weeks gestation, as at this stage “live birth becomes increasingly common” and this is “an outcome that contradicts the intention of the abortion” (p.9).
Why promote late term abortion?
However, one must ask, why is there such urgency for BPAS to try and reframe the issue of late term abortion? The answer is simple:
- Because the aim of the BPAS ‘We Trust Women’ campaign is to decriminalise abortion. The campaign website explicitly states that if abortion were decriminalised, “the abortion time limit would be removed from criminal law”, allowing for abortion up to birth.
- Late term abortion is the one area where the views of BPAS are at complete odds with the rest of the UK population, who are entirely opposed to late term abortions.
The May 2017 Comres polling will no doubt have spooked the abortion industry. The polling on public attitudes to abortion was the largest conducted in a decade and showed that:
- 70% of women wanted to see the time limit for abortions reduced;
- While only 1% of women wanted to see the abortion limit extended beyond 24 weeks;
- And only 1% of women wanted to see the abortion time limit extended up to birth.
Women in need of help
This explanation helps us to understand why BPAS are desperately trying to ‘normalise’ abortions after 20 weeks, however, this is not the saddest part of the report. The most heartbreaking element of the publication are the personal testimonies within it.
Page 7 of the report indicates that many women seeking late abortions were in crisis situations. Rather than offer these women any meaningful help, they were given late term abortions. The consequences of which quite obviously go unreported by BPAS.
The story of Alisha is quoted, who is grieving after the death of her husband, and does not believe she could cope with another child, who she became pregnant with after a one night stand.
Rather than offering Alisha appropriate counselling to come to terms with the death of her husband, and the prospect of her new life with a child, she is simply offered an abortion. The result of which will leave her on her own, having to contend with her husband’s passing and the death of her child.
At Life, our 40 year experience of dealing with crisis pregnancies have shown us just how complex crisis situations can be. We do not underestimate the difficulty that many women find themselves in. However, it has also taught us that abortion, and the death of a child, is never the solution to a crisis pregnancy. The women quoted in the BPAS report were seriously failed by the abortion provider, and their plights are now being used to promote a barbaric abortion procedure on children capable of being born alive.
We can only hope the public ignore BPAS’ latest propaganda attempt and trust their ‘wisdom of repugnance’, in the words of Leon Kass.