Christian lawyers welcome ban on home abortions

Andrea Minichiello Williams

Andrea Minichiello Williams

In a landmark judgment today, the High Court has rejected a legal bid by  BPAS (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service), to allow women to take the final abortion pills at home rather than at a clinic.

BPAS had put forward a legal bid to loosen the law in this area by arguing that the wording of the Abortion Act 1967 needed to be interpreted in the  light of new medical advances, one of which is the availability of abortion  pills, where women are able to end their pregnancies by taking two different  drugs. The first drug is always taken at a clinic and the wording of the Act  means that the second drug (which brings about the miscarriage of the baby)  would also need to be taken at a clinic. However, BPAS argued that women  should be able to take the second pill at home (which would keep costs  down). The Court ruled that the Act did not allow the pills to be taken by women at home on their own.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said: “We welcome the Court’s decision and its unwillingness to interpret the Abortion Act in a  way which could harm thousands of women and their families. It is a welcome  message in a society which has been led to believe that abortion is an easy  ‘answer’ to an unplanned pregnancy. This legal challenge was put forward by  a major abortion provider despite the opposition of the Department of  Health, and despite concerns about the safety and well-being of woman at  home administering such a drug to themselves and inducing a miscarriage.

Women need support during what can be a very traumatic time. If women  self-abort in their own homes they could find it isolating and dangerous.  Britain has some of the most liberal abortion laws in Europe and one of the  highest abortion rates, and we need to reduce the number of abortions and  tighten the law, not relax it.”

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