05 September 2011
Evangelical Alliance backs independent abortion counselling amendment as common sense
In response to the amendment put forward by Nadine Dorries MP and Frank Field MP to the Health and Social Care Bill to provide independent abortion counselling, likely to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday, 6 September, Dr Dave Landrum, Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Alliance, commented:
"The amendment proposed by Dorries and Field to ensure independent counselling for women considering an abortion would be a triumph for common sense, and the Evangelical Alliance fully supports it.
"Abortion has become big business. It is effectively seen as just another form of contraception that has become a multi-million pound industry, backed by government subsidies and encouraged by political extremists blind to any form of reason or restraint.
"Counselling for women who find themselves in the difficult position of considering an abortion should be less pressurised and must ensure that the decision made is done in the light of all the information and options available. Any move that exposes and challenges this deadly consumer culture and lets women make a choice that is not guided by organisations intent on guaranteeing their income stream is an essential move in the right direction."
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