I was distressed to see that parliament did not take the opportunity to reduce the time limit for abortion. Simon Hughes made the point on television last night - although statistics show that since the present limit of 24 weeks was set medical science has not been able to save any more babies born at 20, 21, 22 or 23 weeks gestation, the fact remains that it can save some. Therefore a 24 week limit means that we are killing some babies who could survive.
My own view is that there should be very few grounds for 'therapeutic abortion' -chiefly when the mother's life is threatened, and then the aim is to deliver the mother, not kill the baby. However, this is not the majority view and we live in a democracy. What has changed is that we now have moving 3D pictures of the baby in the womb at an earlier gestation, and not only can we see that this is not a 'blob of jelly' as the abortionists claim, but a human being who flinches and moves away when given a painful stimulus.
I did find this quote on the Cramner blog:
They might even consider the words of a current practising abortionist, Dr Vincent Argent, who is a consultant gynaecologist and a former acting medical director of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Dr Argent is not remotely content with Nadine Dorries’ 20-week amendment. In The Daily Telegraph he argues for 16, yet even this is considerably more than other European nations, where the limits are:
France 12, Germany 12, Italy 12, Belgium 12, Bulgaria 12, Denmark 12, Czech Republic 12, Greece 12, Hungary 12, Luxembourg 12, the Netherlands 13, Poland 12, Slovakia 12 and Sweden, the most ‘liberal’, 18.
Yet the UK persists with child sacrifice up to 24 weeks.
Dr Argent was brought up a Roman Catholic, but says: ‘any religious beliefs I ever had have left me’. His opinion on late abortions is not formed by ‘religious bigotry’, but by ‘more than 30 years' experience in abortion services for the NHS and private clinics’ during which time he saw what was involved, and the ‘flimsy grounds on which some women sought them’, and thereafter he ‘could not stomach the idea of providing such a "service".’
The doctor notes that people do not realise just how distressing late abortions can be: ‘The procedure remains the last taboo. While heart and brain surgery are regularly shown on television, the reality of a late abortion has never been seen on British screens’.