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SPUC responds to BPAS call for easier abortion

27 November 2006

SPUC responds to BPAS call for easier abortion London, 27 November 2006 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has responded to BPAS's call for abortion to be made more easily available. Paul Tully, SPUC general secretary, said: "The BPAS, for its own ideological reasons, is pushing for abortion to become even more prevalent, and that is why they are calling for changes in the law. However, when 1,046 women were asked whether they supported either easier access to abortion or more support for women who wanted to keep their baby, only eight percent wanted easier abortion but 85% wanted more help for mums." (Six percent either did not know or declined to answer.) The poll was conducted by Communicate Research in April-May this year for Choose Life, an alliance which includes SPUC and other organisations. As well as 1,046 women, 457 men were questioned. Mr Tully continued: "While most women supported the 'right to choose' slogan, nearly 80% of women aged 18 to 24 wanted fathers to have a say in abortion decisions. There are ethical and practical difficulties for such a proposal, but it shows that what people mean by the 'right to choose' is not simply abortion on demand. "Just under 90% of women wanted pregnant women to be offered advice about alternatives to abortion such as adoption services and 87% of women wanted the government to help fund organisations providing alternatives to abortion. The government presently funds private clinics simply to perform abortions. "Of those women who were polled and who expressed an opinion, most felt it was unacceptable for the NHS to farm out abortions to private clinics." BPAS is Britain's biggest private abortion operator, and, SPUC believes, the biggest recipient of NHS cash for abortions. BPAS have called for abortion based on just one doctor's signature, and for nurses to provide early chemical abortions. They also commissioned a MORI poll on public attitudes to abortion.

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