This delay gives us more time to lobby MPs on the pro-abortion amendments which have been tabled.
The effects of these amendments would include:
- reducing medical scrutiny of abortion from two doctors to one;
- abolishing the need for any legal grounds for abortion up to 24 weeks;
- allowing nurses and midwives to carry out an abortion;
- extending locations where abortion can take place to include doctors’ surgeries, local health centres, school sick rooms etc.;
- up to a 2 year prison sentence for any pro-life counselling group which “misled” expectant mothers by its adverts.
Such amendments, if approved by Parliament, will greatly increase the numbers of abortions, increase the growing number of women harmed by abortion, and place even greater pressure on women to submit to abortion – often under pressure from boyfriends or other parties motivated by self-interest. It is important to make this Bill, and the proposed pro-abortion amendments, an issue for parliamentary candidates at the next general election.