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Nadine Dorries
A week to reflect, or a lifetime to regret?
Posted Friday, 23 March 2007 at 13:32

I am writing this before I go into the chamber to re present my Abortion Bill for the second reading.

 

It was clear this morning that Abortion Rights are as entrenched in their arguments as pro-life are in theirs. Click here to wtach Nadine interviewed on GMTV on Friday 23rd March 2007 
 

I want to see the number of abortions which take place every day come down. 220,000 abortions per year equates to every single woman in my constituency having an abortion four times per year, or the same number of people we have in a small city.  We have the highest rate of abortions in Europe, and yet thousands of couples scour the planet looking for babies to adopt.

 

Research points time and time again to the mental health problems many women experience in later life following an abortion, the Ferguson Study being the most extensive and conclusive.

 

When talking to women almost every one has told me that when they took the decision to abort they were under pressure, from parents, partners, teachers and friends.

 

The decision to abort should be taken by any woman with all the facts and support she needs at her disposal, she should be empowered, and that is why the Bill proposes time out – to think and decide, without pressure. A week to reflect or a lifetime to regret?

 

We have seen two babies born at twenty two weeks who have both gone home with no complications. I will never stop campaigning to have the limit brought down from twenty four to twenty weeks. Given what we now know about foetal development and medical advancement I simply cannot understand anyone who would disagree, especially when one knows exactly what methods are used to abort babies of this gestation. What kind of society are we?

 

Let the lethal injections remain on death row, let’s move away from this barbaric practice.

 

The abortion industry in the UK is becoming big business. The vested interests have to stop. 

 
 
 
Man in a Shed said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Good luck !
 
 
said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Good luck
 
 
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Well said indeed, as you correctly say, babies can survive at 22 weeks today, so how can it be okay to abort them at 24? As an aetheist (so please don't think I'm all religous fundamentalist on this) I can say, this is murder of the innocents, regardless of whether or not the numbers are small.
 
 
kinglear said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Make it Tory policy for 20 weeks.The saddest thing to me is the complete stupidity of the people who end up pregnant only to have an abortion. Simply on economic grounds, a packet of three is cheaper than an abortion
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Oh dear Nadine, You have riled Mr Branston,judging by what the local paper says. I'm afraid he has bought the argument down to his level....the gutter.
 
 
Cllr Green (Allendale & Standale) said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
You were absolutely right on in your interview. Good Work!
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 23 March 2007
Nadine, I am not clear what you are saying here ? You are committed to a woman's right to choose. But not after 20 weeks. So I am not sure why you feel the need to state that the process is barbaric, when surely it is not really different to the process used at 19 weeks. If you are opposing abortion, then you should quit hiding behind artificial timelines and say so. If you get, say, 22 weeks agreed by Parliament would you bow to the will of democracy, or would you be back for another bite of the cherry later ? I respect your views, but you seem to be saying that you 'want an end to a barbaric practice' which would continue [only with back street abortions for those who could afford them]. I think you are in danger of giving the impression that you have a 'hidden agenda' of taking away women's rights, or not listening to the views of the Houses of Parliament.
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Saturday, 24 March 2007
Excuse me, Nadine, 'I will never stop campaigning'? Where is your campaign? I few phrases on your blog, not good enough. For someone who harps on about the power of the internet, your still at the stage of inventing the wheel.If your going to do it well, use every tool at your disposal. I would want to see an Abortion Campaign header on your website with links to sites that educate us on the topic and perhaps a petition to sign.Regular updates on the issue, not just on the day before you speak about it in parliament.Make it interesting because I want to be fully informed and not bored.It seems it has to take the presenter of Big Brother to demonstrate what pathetic sex education our children receive (or for that matter what we were taught).No wonder this country comes bottom of the league.You've put your head above the parapet on this one, now pull your finger out!
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Saturday, 24 March 2007
Anonymous - The barbaric practice is the method of termination as dictated by the RCOG, which is that lethal injection is used via the mothers abdominal wall into the foetal heart in all terminations over 20 weeks gestation. Katie, all that you say is right and has been discussed. There will be a 'full on' campaign - just not yet - can't really say any more on that, but watch this space.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 24 March 2007
You are a very brave lady. One of the pro life organisations uses very weird methods to campign it sent model dead babies to mps in the past, hop you dont go down that road.
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Saturday, 24 March 2007
Thanks Nadine. I will look forward to your campaign but please be careful. We have all heard about what happens when 'abortion' is mentioned in some states in America.
 
 
Jane said:
Responded: Saturday, 24 March 2007
I didn't know that they used lethal injections to kill babies. Are you sure about this fact? If this is the case I cannot understand how it has been allowed to go on. Why are people not protesting about this? Why is the government letting it happen?
 
 
Susan said:
Responded: Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Please keep pressing ahead, especially regarding the cooling-off period. There is such a wide spectrum of views on this issue but, whatever people's personal opinions are, the middle ground surely deserves everyone's support. And after all is likely to be the view of the silent yet often unempowered majority. Thank you
 
 
 
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