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Abortion not a human right insist pro life campaigners

21 July 2004

Abortion not a human right insist pro-life campaigners Belfast, 21 July 2004--Pro-life campaigners have attacked claims by the family planning industry that access to the 'morning after' pill, which can cause an early abortion, is a human right. Liam Gibson, Northern Ireland development officer of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: "The most fundamental human right is the right to life. There is no such thing as a human right to abortion. The 'morning after' pill destroys unborn children and damages women's health. It is being marketed as a contraceptive when in fact it causes early abortion. "The British government's chief medical officer has warned doctors that morning-after pills increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy, particularly among women who have already had such a pregnancy," said Mr Gibson. According to the Government's Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths, ectopic pregnancy is a significant cause of deaths among women and Mr Gibson is warning that the side effects on children have not been taken into account. "There have been no thorough clinical trials of morning-after pills among under-aged girls. These pills have 50 times the dose of the hormone contained in the daily contraceptive pill which itself has been linked with increased risk of cancer and heart disease. The promotion of this drug will not only destroy unborn lives but seriously damage the health of children and women," said Mr Gibson. Notes The UK's Health Department issued its warning on the increased risk of ectopic pregnancy associated with the use of the 'morning after' pill in January 2003. The SPUC NI last year launched a leaflet outlining the effects of abortion-causing birth control and the associated risks for women. Copies of the leaflet are available from the society's Belfast office.

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