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G7 told to promote abortion up to birth as means of advancing ‘gender equality’

In order to advance ‘Gender Equality’, G7 leaders have been told to promote extreme Canada-style abortion laws, which permit abortion up to birth, as well as censor pro-life content online deemed to be ‘misleading’. 

At the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Sunday 25th August, world leaders were told by the Gender Equality Advisory Council that removing all legal safeguards and allowing abortion up to birth is recommended good practice in advancing gender equality. 

In its Recommendations for advancing Gender Equality and the empowerment of girls and women, the Advisory Council lists “Prohibit misinformation on safe abortion” and “Right to choose and right to have a safe abortion” as ways to advance gender equality.

The Recommendations cite a French law brought into effect in 2017 which bans “misinformation on abortion when it aims to intentionally mislead women on abortion.”

The law has been heavily criticised for its apparent ideological bias and the fact that it is so broad that it threatens the existence of pro-life websites entirely. For example, the French law seems to make it illegal to express moral disapproval of abortion in an attempt to dissuade someone from having an abortion.

Canada’s extreme abortion law – which permits abortion without restriction through all nine months of pregnancy – is also cited approvingly as an instance of a law which protects the “right to choose and right to have a safe abortion”

Canada has been described as a “haven” for sex-selective abortions where girls are aborted in the womb because they are girls. This practice is widespread in India and China and has led to a serious imbalance in the sex-ratio.

The promotion of extreme abortion laws as well as laws to limit pro-life expression are described as “fundamental to advancing the rights of girls and women in the G7 countries.”

The group of countries known as the G7 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said:

“It is not at all clear how promoting extreme abortion legislation (or any abortion legislation for that matter) advances the empowerment of women. As is well-known by now, sex-selective abortion is responsible for 63 million women “missing” women in India alone and likely millions more in across the globe.”

“Ironically the Gender Equality Advisory Council is promoting a practice which has women as it’s primary victims.”

“All this comes at the same time as we learn that the British Government has increased its contributions – at the taxpayers expense – to abortion provider Marie Stopes International (MSI), by 5000% since 2006. In 2018 alone, the British Government gave over £48 million for MSI for their work overseas.”

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.