Denying women access to legitimate choices and hope

When Alina Dulgheriu discovered she was pregnant, she was also facing the loss of her job as a live-in au pair. The father pressured her to have an abortion. She rang the Marie Stopes Clinic in Ealing and poured out her heart. She was looking for support but the woman in the clinic told her that all they could offer was an abortion and why not come in to discuss her options?

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Press Release: Calls for abortion parental notification law following public shock after Coronation Street plot reveals children can get secret abortions without parents knowing

21 February 2019 – Lord Alton of Liverpool has joined calls for Parliament to introduce new parental notification legislation after the public took to social media shocked that children can get a secret abortion without their parent’s knowledge.

Heartbreaking scenes in last night’s episode of Coronation Street saw young schoolgirl Amy Barlow, aged just 14, have an abortion in secret without her parent’s knowledge.

Baffled viewers believed the error was made by Coronation Street’s plot writers as they questioned the legality of whether a minor could have an abortion procedure without parental consent or involvement.

The public took to twitter and social media to express their confusion and shock at how an underaged schoolgirl could undergo an abortion without her parent’s knowledge.

The plotline, however, brought to light the fact that underage girls can have an abortion in the UK without parental involvement, and that parents have no legal right to be informed or consulted about their child’s abortion.

A report from Care Quality Commission published in 2017 found that in some Marie Stopes International abortion clinics, parents, partners or friends of pregnant women who might persuade them to think again about the termination were “seen as an inconvenience” and that “their presence was strongly discouraged”. Inspectors also raised concerns in the report that girls under the age of 16 were having abortions “without being made fully aware of the consequences and risks”.

The introduction of parental notification legislation would bring the UK in line with a number of other European countries, including the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, which require parents to be involved if a child proceeds with an abortion.

Crossbench peer, Lord Alton of Liverpool, said:

“As a parent myself I can understand why parents around the country have been shocked to learn that their child can be taken away to an abortion clinic for a secret abortion without parents being involved.

Polling shows a large majority of parents want a law change on this. It’s now time for Parliament to begin steps to introduce a parental notification law that will ensure that parents are involved in what can be one of the biggest decisions of their child’s lives.”

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Clare McCarthy, said:

“The secret abortion plotline has served to raise public concern in relation to the safety of a young 14-year-old schoolgirl in the hands of the abortion industry and her ability to consent.

“The abortion industry cannot be trusted to take the place of parents to know what is in the best interests of their child. As we have seen from CQC reports, abortion facilities have been found to have a vested interest in girls undergoing abortions.

“Coronation Street viewers were left rightly shocked at this unbelievable reality in the UK which highlights the lack of legal protections in place to protect vulnerable girls, under the age of consent, and the fact that parents have no legal right to be informed or consulted about their child’s abortion.

“This also highlights the ridiculous scenario here in the UK where a girl aged under 16 needs parental consent to take a paracetamol pill at school but does not need any parental consent for her school nurse to take her off to an abortion clinic to terminate her pregnancy.

“A ComRes poll, conducted in 2017, showed that 70% of parents agree that parental or guardian consent should be required for girls aged 15 or under to undergo an abortion.

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Press Release – BBC caves to abortion lobby, leaves women facing an unplanned pregnancy with only one option for them and their baby: abortion.

Following pressure from the UK’s two largest abortion providers, the BBC Action Line, which has been featured after the TV series Call The Midwife, now refers onto a page which links women on directly to the services of the UK’s two largest private abortion providers.

These private abortion clinics only provide abortions, they do not provide practical support for women who may want to continue their pregnancies. There is no reference on this page to services that offer practical support for women who wish to continue their pregnancies.

It is likely that the UK’s largest private abortion providers will directly benefit financially from this decision as they will see more referrals to their abortion clinics.

This decision follows a longstanding institutional bias in the BBC towards the abortion lobby’s position on this issue. For a number of years now the BBC’s ‘News Style Guide’ has required their journalists to ‘Avoid pro-abortion, and use pro-choice instead’. When it comes to describing the pro-life position they advise journalists to ‘use anti-abortion rather than pro-life’.

The BBC has also been caught suppressing polling they commissioned for the Abortion on Trial documentary, which showed that there was no widespread support for scrapping the current abortion laws in the UK. Instead in the documentary that aired, they cherry-picked the minority of results from the polling that supported what appeared to be a clear bias in the documentary towards removing current legal restrictions and safeguards around abortion. The same documentary was also criticised for dropping a pregnant woman from their panel who had chosen not to abort her daughter who had Down’s syndrome.

More recently the BBC has also been criticised for referring to late-term abortions as ‘stillbirths’.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Clare McCarthy said:

“It is very disappointing to see that the BBC have given in to tactics from abortion pressure groups to further skew their coverage on this issue towards a position that suits the abortion lobby’s interests.  

The UK’s two largest abortion providers, who lobbied for this change, will now likely directly benefit financially from this decision, as they will now see more referrals to their abortion clinics. UK taxpayers already spend tens of millions of pounds each year on funding these private abortion clinics, now they are seeing their TV licence fee being used for the BBC to hijack a prime time TV series to provide more business for these private abortion clinics.

This decision leaves women watching Call the Midwife who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and looking for more information with only one option for them and their baby, abortion. The two abortion providers referred to by the BBC Action Line only provide abortions, they do not provide practical support for women who may want to continue their pregnancies. There is no reference on this page to services that offer practical support for women who wish to continue their pregnancies.

We are calling on the BBC to now provide links to services on their BBC action line which provide non-directional counselling and real practical support for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, such as those provided by the charity Life.”

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