Pharmacist who sexually abused children highlights danger of removing abortion from criminal law

A pharmacist and self-styled pastor who sexually abused children and organised abortions for his victims, in order to cover up his abuse, has been convicted of raping several members of his church.

Michael Oluronbi preyed on children as young as eight during a campaign of abuse which lasted over 20 years, and saw four of his seven victims falling pregnant several times.

During the trial, the jury heard how Oluronbi had abused his position as a pharmacist to access certain medications and book the young victims into abortion clinics under false names. One girl estimated she had five or six during secondary school.

Five of the victims attended Oluronbi’s ‘cult-like’ church in Edgbaston, Birmingham – the same location where five Marie Stopes International abortion clinics closed this month.

Phil Bradley QC, the prosecuting barrister, revealed how some of the offending had “progressed to repeated rapes, on many occasions leading to unwanted pregnancies and terminations”.

He added: “You will learn that this man, who was revered and feared by his victims, kept a vice-like grip on many of them and continued to abuse them well into adulthood.”

One of the victims told the BBC that the Oluronbi’s actions had been “terrible” and “affected everyone’s lives”.

The abuse of one boy and six girls started when they were children – one as young as eight, and for some, continued into adulthood.

Oluronbi would rape his young victims after “spiritual baths”, while living in Birmingham and London, telling some of the children they would fail exams if they refused his advances.

The 60-year-old was finally arrested after one of his child victims, now an adult, came forward to police. He was arrested in May 2018 at Birmingham Airport as he tried to flee the UK.

Despite laughing in court while giving evidence in his own defence and denying any wrongdoing, Oluronbi was convicted on Friday after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was convicted of 15 rape charges, seven indecent assaults and two sexual assaults. His wife, 58, was found guilty of three charges of aiding and abetting rape by assisting her husband arrange abortions. Both will be sentenced at a later date.

However, police believe there could be more victims and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

The case is similar to that of senior mental health nurse, Givemore Gezi, who was jailed for having sex with an underage girl he pressured to have an abortion.  

According to the BBC, his victim told Exter Crown Court: “I still battle with my emotions, particularly about the termination.”

Gezi was initially jailed for seven years and eight months but his sentence was raised to ten years because of the “heinous abuse of trust he committed”.

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“This case highlights the danger of removing making changes to abortion law to remove almost all legal safeguards around, which is something all four of Labour’s leadership candidates have called for. This would make it much easier for people sexually abusing children to get hold of abortion pills. While the the next Labour Party leader will not be in power , we must remain vigilant as it is likely they will support attempting to hijack the Government’s planned Domestic Abuse Bill with such an extreme abortion amendment. 

“Taking abortion outside criminal law will not only remove effectively all legal protections for unborn babies, allowing abortion for any reason up to birth but would make many incidents of abuse like these far easier to cover up”

‘Abortion skills’ training could be forced upon pro-life students in the UK

Pro-life medical students who want to protect unborn babies from terminations could be forced to learn “abortion skills” under new proposals.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has released a report stating its intention to teach and assess “abortion skills” as part of its core curriculum but made no mention of any provision for conscientious objection.

In its Better for Women report, the College says “the General Medical Council (GMC) should review the Undergraduate medical curriculum to include the importance of abortion care to students.

“The RCOG will teach abortion skills as a part of its core curriculum and assess those skills through examination.”

All doctors who practise medicine in the UK must be registered with the GMC, meaning if the proposals are adopted, pro-life medical students could be forced to sit through undefined “abortion skills” training or risk losing their membership of the medical body.

In 2016, an inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group found that UK doctors who do not wish to participate in abortion procedures are often refused the right to conscientious objection.

Fiona Bruce MP, who chairs the APPG, said: “This report reveals concerning evidence of doctors and other healthcare professionals being harassed, abused, and denied career choices, as a result of seeking to exercise their legal right to conscientiously object to being involved in the abortion process.”

Later that year, it emerged only 1% of trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists were taking higher training in abortion.

The document also outlines other extreme proposals:

  • A commitment to continue working with partner organisations [likely abortion clinics such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International] to advocate for the decriminalisation of abortion up to 24 weeks across the UK (page 16).
  •  The rollout of ‘facetime abortions’ across the UK allowing abortion consultations to take place over the phone or Facetime/Skype, rather than face-to-face (page 149).
  • The Government should “consider allowing” women to take the first powerful drug used to cause a non-surgical abortion at home, away from medical supervision and oversight. The second drug is already allowed to be taken at home (page 15).
  • Governments throughout the UK “must legislate” to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics – which will prevent pro-life help from being offered to those who need it most (page 16).

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists claims its proposals are ‘Better for women’ through its title, but the reality is the opposite.

“The RCOG’s report, with its misleading title, makes a number of troubling proposals that are worse, not just for women and unborn babies, but also for medical students.   

“The extremely low number of trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists who were taking higher training in abortion likely reflects an innate human reluctance to destroy life. Such doctors should continue to have their rights to conscientiously object to abortions protected.   

 “Rather, this is another attempt to trivialise the ending of a life and to rush women and teenage girls through the abortion process, while providing less medical supervision and support for women. 

“The RCOG should instead address the reasons women seek out abortion services in such high numbers in this country, often because of; vulnerability, isolation, lack of financial or emotional support, or pressure from a partner. Simply rushing women through the abortion process does nothing to address the problems these women already face and would only later compound these issues if coupled with post-abortion regret. 

“The only people who would benefit from these changes are the UK’s two big abortion providers.

“This is a reckless approach to healthcare. Women’s safety and mental or physical health should never be potentially compromised for the sake of expediency or convenience.” 

Press Release: Commentary Against Appointment of Maria Caulfield MP as Conservative Vice-Chair for Women Misses Reality of Women’s Views on Abortion

Today, the Prime Minister appointed Maria Caulfield MP (Lewes) as Conservative Party Vice-Chair with Responsibility for Women. Caulfield is a superb MP, and her excellent appointment was greeted very warmly by many commentators.

Members of the abortion lobby and their allies in politics and in the media attacked the decision online, on the basis that Caulfield had led opposition to their key legislative aim: so-called ‘decriminalisation’.

Falsely presented as merely removing criminal penalties for women who buy abortion pills online, decriminalisation really means taking abortion out of the law. This would mean removing all legal limitations on abortion outside of medical regulation, leading to a situation of abortion on demand, for any reason, and (depending on whether criminal penalties were partly or completely repealed) either up to 28 weeks or up to birth.

As it happens, both the removal of abortion from the law and the extension of abortion above the current limit of 24 weeks are extreme minority positions, especially amongst women.

ComRes found in polling last October that 70% of women believe that abortion should be governed by a legal framework, and in May last year they found that only 1% of women favour increasing the upper limit beyond 24 weeks (and another 1% who favour abortion up to birth). By contrast, the same May Poll found that 70% of women want the upper abortion limit lowered, with 59% favouring it to be lowered to at least 16 weeks.

Moreover, removing abortion from the criminal law would also legalise abortion for any reason whatsoever, including sex-selective abortion. The May poll taken above confirmed that 92% of women supported sex-selective abortion being explicitly illegal in law.

Not only would decriminalising abortion mean abortion on demand, for any reason, either up to 28 weeks or birth – an extreme minority position, contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of women – it would remove important protections for pregnant women. Section 58 of the Offences Against The Person Act 1861, and the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, both of which criminalise self-abortion, also criminalise men who try to force women to have abortions by causing their miscarriage. Removing either statute would remove important protections.

Meanwhile, women have only been prosecuted in the last few decades in Britain for self-aborting in extreme, callous, and late cases. In R v Catt (2009), a woman called Sarah Catt was prosecuted for aborting her baby at 40 weeks, just before the baby could be born. In R v Towers (2015), a woman was prosecuted for causing her baby to be smothered to death at 32 weeks, when she took prostaglandins that caused her have heavy contractions. There has not been a single prosecution in England and Wales or Scotland before 24 weeks.

In opposing decriminalisation, Maria Caulfield not only represented the views of the majority of British women, but stood for better protections and safety for pregnant mothers and unborn children. Contrary to abortion lobby claims, this makes her an excellent choice for Conservative Vice-Chair, especially with responsibility for women.

RTL Executive Officer Peter D. Williams said:

Maria Caulfield is a great MP, and an excellent choice to be a Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party. Her views and actions in the House of Commons on abortion represent the view of the moderate majority of women, contrary to the inhumane extremism of BPAS and the rest of the abortion lobby.

The Prime Minister is to be congratulated for this superb appointment, and we hope more appointments in areas such as this involve Parliamentarians who represent the humane instincts of most Britons, especially most British women”.

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Diana Johnson MP’s Abortion Bill Passes to Second Reading: How MPs Voted

Today, Diana Johnson MP received Commons approval for her abortion Bill to progress to Second Reading, by 172-142 votes. The Bill would introduce abortion on demand, for any reason (including sex-selection), up to 28 weeks of pregnancy.

NB: Members of the Scottish National Party (SNP) were absent due to this being a Bill that is only intended to affect England and Wales (abortion law has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament).

Here is how MPs voted:

Noes (142):

Conservatives (123)

Afriyie, Adam

Aldous, Peter

Amess, Sir David

Ansell, Caroline

Bacon, Mr Richard

Bellingham, Sir Henry

Benyon, Richard

Bingham, Andrew

Blackman, Bob

Borwick, Victoria

Brazier, Sir Julian

Bridgen, Andrew

Bruce, Fiona

Burns, Conor

Burns, Sir Simon

Burrowes, Mr David

Cash, Sir William

Caulfield, Maria

Chishti, Rehman

Chope, Mr Christopher

Coffey, Dr Thérèse

Costa, Alberto

Davies, Byron

Davies, Chris

Davies, David T. C.

Davies, Dr James

Davies, Philip

Donelan, Michelle

Dorries, Nadine

Double, Steve

Drummond, Mrs Flick

Duncan Smith, Mr Iain

Elphicke, Charlie

Evans, Mr Nigel

Fallon, Sir Michael

Fernandes, Suella

Field, Mark

Foster, Kevin

Fox, Dr Liam

Francois, Mr Mark

Fuller, Richard

Fysh, Marcus

Glen, John

Goodwill, Mr Robert

Graham, Richard

Gray, James

Grayling, Chris

Green, Chris

Green, Damian

Halfon, Robert

Hall, Luke

Hands, Greg

Hayes, Mr John

Henderson, Gordon

Hoare, Simon

Hollobone, Mr Philip

Holloway, Mr Adam

Howarth, Sir Gerald

Huddleston, Nigel

Jackson, Mr Stewart

Jayawardena, Mr Ranil

Jenkin, Mr Bernard

Johnson, Dr Caroline

Jones, Mr Marcus

Kawczynski, Daniel

Kennedy, Seema

Knight, Sir Greg

Knight, Julian

Lee, Dr Phillip

Lefroy, Jeremy

Leigh, Sir Edward

Letwin, Sir Oliver

Lewis, Dr Julian

Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian

Lord, Jonathan

Mackintosh, David

Main, Mrs Anne

Mann, Scott

Menzies, Mark

Metcalfe, Stephen

Morton, Wendy

Murray, Mrs Sheryll

Murrison, Dr Andrew

Offord, Dr Matthew

Paterson, Mr Owen

Pawsey, Mark

Penning, Mike

Percy, Andrew

Pickles, Sir Eric

Prentis, Victoria

Prisk, Mr Mark

Pritchard, Mark

Pursglove, Tom

Quin, Jeremy

Quince, Will

Redwood, John

Rees-Mogg, Mr Jacob

Robertson, Mr Laurence

Robinson, Mary

Rosindell, Andrew

Selous, Andrew

Smith, Henry

Soames, Sir Nicholas

Spelman, Dame Caroline

Streeter, Mr Gary

Swayne, Sir Desmond

Syms, Mr Robert

Thomas, Derek

Throup, Maggie

Tomlinson, Justin

Tomlinson, Michael

Tracey, Craig

Trevelyan, Mrs Anne-Marie

Turner, Mr Andrew

Vickers, Martin

Walker, Mr Charles

Wallace, Mr Ben

Warburton, David

White, Chris

Whittingdale, Mr John

Wiggin, Bill

Wilson, Mr Rob

Wragg, William

Democratic Unionist Party (8)

Campbell, Gregory

Dodds, Nigel

Donaldson, Jeffrey

Paisley, Ian

Robinson, Gavin

Shannon, Jim

Simpson, David

Wilson, Sammy

Labour (6)

Cooper, Rosie

Flello, Robert

Glindon, Mary

Jones, Helen

Kane, Mike

Maskell, Rachael

SDLP (3)

Durkan, Mark

Ritchie, Margaret

Liberal Democrats (1)

Pugh, Dr. John

Ulster Unionist Party (1)

Kinahan, Danny

Independent (1)

Hermon, Lady Sylvia

Ayes (172):

Labour (146):

Abbott, Ms Diane

Abrahams, Debbie

Alexander, Heidi

Ali, Rushanara

Allen, Mr Graham

Allin-Khan, Dr Rosena

Anderson, Mr David

Ashworth, Jonathan

Barron, Sir Kevin

Beckett, Margaret

Benn, Hilary

Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta

Blomfield, Paul

Brabin, Tracy

Bradshaw, Mr Ben

Brennan, Kevin

Brown, Mr Nicholas

Bryant, Chris

Buck, Ms Karen

Burden, Richard

Butler, Dawn

Cadbury, Ruth

Campbell, Mr Alan

Campbell, Mr Ronnie

Champion, Sarah

Clwyd, Ann

Coaker, Vernon

Coffey, Ann

Cooper, Julie

Cooper, Yvette

Corbyn, Jeremy

Coyle, Neil

Creagh, Mary

Creasy, Stella

Cryer, John

Cunningham, Alex

Dakin, Nic

David, Wayne

Davies, Geraint

De Piero, Gloria

Debbonaire, Thangam

Doughty, Stephen

Dowd, Jim

Dowd, Peter

Eagle, Ms Angela

Eagle, Maria

Efford, Clive

Elliott, Julie

Elmore, Chris

Esterson, Bill

Evans, Chris

Fitzpatrick, Jim

Flynn, Paul

Fovargue, Yvonne

Foxcroft, Vicky

Furniss, Gill

Gapes, Mike

Gardiner, Barry

Godsiff, Mr Roger

Green, Kate

Greenwood, Lilian

Griffith, Nia

Haigh, Louise

Hamilton, Fabian

Harman, Ms Harriet

Harris, Carolyn

Hayes, Helen

Hayman, Sue

Healey, John

Hopkins, Kelvin

Huq, Dr Rupa

Jarvis, Dan

Johnson, Alan

Johnson, Diana

Jones, Gerald

Jones, Graham

Jones, Mr Kevan

Keeley, Barbara

Kendall, Liz

Kinnock, Stephen

Kyle, Peter

Lavery, Ian

Lewis, Clive

Lynch, Holly

Mactaggart, Fiona

Madders, Justin

Mann, John

Matheson, Christian

McCabe, Steve

McCarthy, Kerry

McDonagh, Siobhain

McDonnell, John

McGovern, Alison

McInnes, Liz

Miliband, Edward

Moon, Mrs Madeleine

Morden, Jessica

Murray, Ian

Nandy, Lisa

Onn, Melanie

Onwurah, Chi

Osamor, Kate

Pennycook, Matthew

Phillips, Jess

Phillipson, Bridget

Powell, Lucy

Rayner, Angela

Reed, Mr Steve

Reynolds, Emma

Rotheram, Steve

Ryan, Joan

Shah, Naz

Sharma, Mr Virendra

Sheerman, Mr Barry

Sherriff, Paula

Shuker, Mr Gavin

Siddiq, Tulip

Skinner, Mr Dennis

Slaughter, Andy

Smeeth, Ruth

Smith, Angela

Smith, Cat

Smith, Jeff

Smith, Nick

Smith, Owen

Smyth, Karin

Snell, Gareth

Stevens, Jo

Streeting, Wes

Stringer, Graham

Stuart, Ms Gisela

Tami, Mark

Trickett, Jon

Turley, Anna

Turner, Karl

Twigg, Stephen

Umunna, Mr Chuka

Vaz, Valerie

West, Catherine

Whitehead, Dr Alan

Wilson, Phil

Winnick, Mr David

Winterton, Dame Rosie

Woodcock, John

Wright, Mr Iain

Zeichner, Daniel

Conservatives (17):

Atkins, Victoria

Blunt, Crispin

Bottomley, Sir Peter

Duddridge, James

Fabricant, Michael

Howell, John

Jenrick, Robert

Lilley, Mr Peter

McCartney, Jason

Mills, Nigel

Mitchell, Mr Andrew

Poulter, Dr Daniel

Shapps, Grant

Shelbrooke, Alec

Soubry, Anna

Warman, Matt

Watkinson, Dame Angela

Liberal Democrats (4):

Brake, Tom

Clegg, Mr Nick

Lamb, Norman

Olney, Sarah

Plaid Cymru (3):

Edwards, Jonathan

Saville Roberts, Liz

Williams, Hywel

Greens (1):

Lucas, Caroline

Independent (1)

Danczuk, Simon