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Abortion giant boss who is campaigning for abortion up to birth awarded honorary doctorate by Kent University

Abortion giant boss Ann Furedi has been awarded an Honorary doctorate from the University of Kent.

The Chief Executive Officer of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest independent abortion provider, was made an Honorary Doctor of Science (Social Sciences) at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral on 22 November.

The University of Kent has said it awards honorary degrees to “distinguished individuals from many walks of life who have made a significant contribution to society”

Despite BPAS being responsible for over 70,000 abortions last year, Furedi described her role as the “the best job in the world”.

She has repeatedly campaigned for more extreme abortion legislation and has told the Guardian, “the best abortion law would be a blank sheet of paper.”

Speaking at the launch of BPAS campaign ‘We Trust Womenshe said, “I would like to be very, very clear and blunt… there should be no legal upper limit.”

Controversially, former BPAS board member and abortion activist Professor Sally Sheldon is a member of the Honorary Degree Committee that selected Furedi for the award.

The law professor at the University of Kent has campaigned for abortion on demand for more than 20 years, supports sex-selective abortion, and was an architect of a private members bill calling for more extreme abortion legislation.

Sheldon has also been handed over £500,000 of public money to write a book about the history of abortion in Britain.

Ann Furedi’s husband Frank Furedi is the University of Kent’s Emeritus Professor of Sociology.

Alongside the launch of a BPAS report, arguing that women need access to both medical and surgical abortions, Furedi argued that abortion should be seen as a form of “birth control”.

She said: “Family planning is contraception and abortion. Abortion is birth control that women need when their regular method lets them down.”

In 2014, Furedi came under strong criticism when she told online magazine Spiked that women should be able to abort on the grounds of the child’s gender, saying:

“The woman gives her reasons, the doctor decides on the grounds as set out in the law… there is no legal requirement to deny a woman an abortion if she has a sex preference, providing that the legal grounds are still met.” 

She added, “the law is silent on the matter of gender selection, just as it is silent on rape.”

The last public poll in the UK on sex-selective abortion found that 84% of people (and 85% of women) favoured a total and explicit ban on abortions based on an unborn baby’s sex. Another ComRes poll found a similar figure, with 86% of people (and 88% of women) favouring a total ban on aborting babies solely because of their gender.

BPAS has objected to life-saving plans that would let coroners hold inquests for stillbirths over fears the move will recognise the humanity and personhood of an unborn baby.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“Awarding Ann Furedi an honorary degree is an incredible departure from recognising those whom the university claim the award is for. Abortion is not something beneficial to society, rather it is detrimental to society.“

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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