Two abortion stories hit the headlines over the weekend. One concerned the rapid growth in so-called "bedroom abortions" via the controversial ‘EMA’ abortion pill. The pill is controversial because of worries over its safety. The other story, broken in The Sunday Times, concerned the revelation that "more than 20 babies have been aborted in advanced pregnancy because scans showed that they had club feet."
There have been calls for the police to investigate termination of
unborn babies with webbed fingers or club feet. The 1967 Abortion Act
allowed for abortion when there was a risk of "severe" physical or
mental handicap but these ‘defects’ can be easily corrected by splints, plaster casts, minor surgery or physiotherapy.
Conservative MP Bob Spink has told today’s Daily Mail that Britain’s 40-year-old abortion laws need to be reviewed:
"It is nearly 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed and science has made tremendous advances. Public opinion has changed, partly as a result of huge improvements in the imaging of the unborn child. Parliament is not reluctant to grapple with the issue. A Communications Research survey showed that nine in 10 MPs want the abortion law to be reviewed continuously in the light of advances in medical science… There is a political will to act – in the last election, all three party leaders called for a review of the timing of abortion – so why has action not been taken?"
Related link: Making abortion rare.