CP&S Update: The BMA have voted in favour of campaigning for abortion ON DEMAND , for any reason up to 28 weeks. Shame on you BMA.
Public trust in British doctors faces a fundamental threat today that could undermine our entire profession.
At the annual conference of the British Medical Association in Bournemouth, around 500 members will vote to lobby the Government to scrap the law that bans abortions after 24 weeks.
If that happens, the lives of an untold number of unborn babies will be threatened. And the regard that society has for modern medicine, with its infinite potential for doing good, will be gravely damaged, not least because this BMA ballot is completely at odds with what the great majority of people in this country want.
At the annual conference of the BMA, around 500 members will vote to lobby the Government to scrap the law that bans abortions after 24 weeks (file photo)
Currently, the law states that abortions cannot be carried out after a pregnancy reaches 24 weeks (just under six months) except in cases where there is serious risk to the life of the mother, or severe abnormalities in the child.
The vote by these 500 could change the BMA’s official policy, perhaps even to support abortion on demand right up to the full 40-week term of pregnancy.
Another possible outcome is that the BMA will recommend decriminalisation of abortion up to 28 weeks.
I can only concur with Baroness Hollins, a psychiatrist and former BMA president who has described aborting a baby after 24 weeks — the age of medically agreed viability — as ‘an extreme move towards involuntary euthanasia’.
Advances in neonatal care mean it is increasingly common for babies born prematurely, even at 22 or 23 weeks, to survive with the right care and support. So the idea of increasing the abortion threshold at all, let alone to 40 weeks, is utterly repugnant to nearly all British adults.