Abortion activist given 500k of taxpayers money to write book
10 April 2017
Prof Sally Sheldon is a trustee of BPAS
Prof Sally Sheldon has been awarded £512,000 by The Arts and Humanities Research Council to write a 'biographical study' of the 1967 Abortion Act, reports the Daily Mail.
Prof Sheldon has been campaigning for abortion on demand for more than 20 years, has backed the termination of pregnancy on the grounds of the sex of the baby, and is a key figure in the 'We Trust Women' campaign by BPAS to decriminalise abortion.
In a press release, Dr Tom Rogers, SPUC’s Education Outreach Manager, said:
"It's nothing short of scandalous that public money should be frittered away on a project of this nature. As if it is not in itself abominable that taxpayers’ money is being used to fund state sponsored abortions on a daily basis, now we learn that more state funds - in excess of £500,000 - are to be showered on a pro-abortion activist to tell the state how well it is doing in spending this money killing unborn babies...Instead of celebrating the 50th anniversary of abortion legislation they should be using this money to help bring an end to abortion, by among other things, assisting mothers with practical support in crisis pregnancies."
Dr Rogers added: "It demonstrates a warped sense of priorities that Prof Sheldon has been given twice as much as the charity Life received to actually help pregnant homeless women - a decision which BPAS (which Sally Sheldon is a trustee of) fiercely criticised. Such hypocrisy comes as no surprise."
Abortion propaganda in schools
It has also been reported that Prof Sheldon willl produce teaching packs for schools and a website for schoolchildren as part of the project. Responding to this, Dr Rogers said: "It seems crystal clear given this decision that people would be correct to conclude that this government cannot be trusted with compulsory sex education, if this is the kind of priority they have in mind.
"The vast majority of ordinary mums and dads will be outraged and would much prefer politicians to concentrate on the fundamentally important matter of educational attainment instead of promoting the abortion industry under the guise of sex education."
"Outrageous use of public money"
The decision to give funding was also criticised by MPs Rob Flello and Maria Caulfield. Mr Flello said: "If public money is going to be used to fund work that is not only going to be a book but is going to fund materials going into our schools in support of pro-abortion propaganda then it is an utterly outrageous use of public money. I would demand that the government department funding this put a stop to it and asked some very serious questions of how this situation could arise."
Professor Sheldon aims to present the results of her two-year taxpayer-funded study to Parliament in April 2018.
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