Monday, March 03, 2008

Threat to pro-life pregancy advice centres

Briefing: if this proposal gets closer to legislation, we will call for lobbying of MPs.

From the Pro-Life Times (SPUC) (in part): 'Pro-life groups who offer advice to women facing a crisis pregnancy could be made to register with the UK Department of Health Register of Pregnancy Advice Bureaux. This suggestion has come from Dr Evan Harris MP, a well-known champion of abortion. Pro-life advocates says this would compel counselors advising pregnant women to tell them where they can get an abortion. ...The Department of Health already 'warns' women about pro-life agencies. We must expect the attacks to intensify in future.

Comment: legislation could require everyone advertising pregnancy advice services to comply with a code of conduct, including an obligation to inform women about how to get an abortion. Such a requirement would shut the advice centres down, as it would be impossible to offer advice without making oneself an accessory to abortion. This is what the DoH already says:

There are a number of organisations advertised in phone directories and on the internet offering free pregnancy testing and counseling. Some of these organisations do not refer women for termination of pregnancy. We would advise women to check this before making an appointment.

NB under NHS rules only registered centres are able to 'refer' women to abortion clinics, in NHS-speak (ie book them in). This comment is accordingly ambiguous: are women being warned off independent centres because they don't advise abortion, or because they don't have a contractual relationship with the NHS?

1 comment:

CatholicLawyer said...

Evan Harris is a true doctor of death. He is trying to squeeze pro-life people in every way that he can - let's hope that's because the so-called "abortion rights" campaign of the abortionists like Harris is not gathering momentum, their media strategy and funding notwithstanding.

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen