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Abortion Counselling (redux)
Posted Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 17:13

Here is the text of a letter I have today sent to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, following the revelations published in the Telegraph this morning.

Dear Jeremy.

In my amendment to the then Health and Social Care Bill in September 2011 I made clear my belief that there is an obvious need for independent abortion counselling to be provided to women presenting with crisis pregnancies.

The argument was made even stronger by the Telegraph sting published this morning detailing the biased and factually incorrect advice being given to vulnerable women in need of impartial advice.

As a result of what we have seen, a professional body such as the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy should be asked immediately to establish a set of guidelines for the best practice of independent, non-directional pre and post-abortion counselling.

This would empower the CQC to inspect abortion counsellors against those guidelines and go a long way to offering protection from the sort of behaviour exposed by the Telegraph.

As you may know, my personal view is that any organisation with a preconceived agenda on the issue of abortion should not be allowed anywhere near women presenting with crisis pregnancies. This means that organisations as diverse as SPUC, who are fiercely pro-life, and BPAS, who have no issues with gender selection or full term abortion, would both be forbidden from imposing their point of view on others.

After the debate on my amendment back in 2011, the Department of Health established a commission that examined the best way of improving counselling services for pregnant women that agreed non-compulsory counselling was the best option.

I would now like to ask that we can meet as soon as possible to discuss the establishment of a recognised non-directional best practice procedure for pre and post-abortion counselling.


Nadine Dorries MP

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