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28 / 05 / 2010 - Precious Life dismiss FPA survey on abortion in N. Ireland
Precious Life has rubbished claims by an anti-life organisation that the views of 25 gynaecologists in a survey suggest abortion should be legalised in Northern Ireland. [See BBC News - Survey suggests easing of Northern Ireland abortion laws]
The survey was commissioned by the Family Planning Association (FPA) - a pro-abortion organisation campaigning to have the killing of unborn children made legal in Northern Ireland.
Director Precious Life Bernadette Smyth said, “It should be noted that most of these gynaecologists are from different cultures and countries where abortion is legal. The fact is that there is a pro-life ethos in Northern Ireland. The vast majority of people and politicians here are opposed to abortion.”
“The finding of this survey suggesting our law on abortion should be changed merely reflects the personal opinions of 25 gynaecologists. I would challenge them to give their professional opinions and state one medical circumstance when abortion is necessary is save a women’s life.”
She added, “This FPA survey cannot be taken seriously. Even the Professor who conducted the survey, Colin Francome, admitted his own personal bias when he stated that changing our abortion law was an ‘opinion that [he] also holds’. ”
“It should also be noted that the director of FPA in Northern Ireland - ‘Dr’ Audrey Simpson - is not in fact a medical doctor. Her title of “Dr” only refers to a PhD she received for research into sex education in Northern Ireland schools. Her comment on the findings is the same old abortion cliché – 'a right to choose'. If anything, this only goes to show that abortion is not medically necessary if it is simply a choice.”
Bernadette Smyth concluded, “There is no place for abortion in Northern Ireland because the killing of an unborn child remains a serious criminal offence. Precious life will continue working to ensure unborn babies and their mothers are protected, and abortion remains forever illegal in Northern Ireland.”