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European abortion ruling and Steel/Blair agenda part of right to abort pincer movement, warns SPUC

8 July 2004

European abortion ruling and Steel/Blair agenda part of right-to-abort pincer movement, warns SPUC Westminster, 8 July 2004 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), Europe's largest pro-life group, warned that today's European court ruling that unborn children do not have a right to life was one part of a "pincer movement" by pro-abortion politicians, doctors and judges to enshrine abortion on demand across Europe. It is reported that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled today that a French doctor who aborted an unborn child of six months' gestation without the mother's consent could not be prosecuted for homicide because the unborn child did not have the right to life. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC political secretary, commented: "Pro-abortion judges are forming a pincer movement with pro-abortion politicians to abolish any legal restraints which protect unborn children from intentional killing. We have already seen this week Lord Steel calling for an explict right to abortion to be enshrined in British law for the first time, under the guise of misleading comments about abortion after 12 weeks. Tony Blair has expressed interest in these proposals. "Today's Strasbourg ruling makes David Steel's proposals even more dangerous, because they could be taken as a cue for all European states to enshrine a right to abortion on demand. "We will be examining the judgement to see whether the judges were appraised of evidence such as the latest ultrasound techniques showing babies active and responsive at much younger ages than baby Vo."

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