Abortion – a matter of life and death

Whatever our view on abortion, and for the record I believe it is “the shedding of innocent blood”; we have an opportunity to raise the issue with the government.
David Cameron has broadcast that he would vote for reducing the upper time limit for abortion if the matter is raised in the upcoming debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
 
He told the Daily Mail: “I would like to see a reduction in the current limit, as it is clear that, due to medical advancement, many babies are surviving at 24 weeks. If there is an opportunity in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, I will be voting to bring this limit down from 24 weeks.”
 
Mr Cameron also noted that votes on abortion should be free votes as it is an issue of conscience.
 
Gordon Brown, on the other hand, has declined to join Mr Cameron in taking this stand; his spokesman has noted that the Government has no plans to change the law on abortion, arguing, “At the moment, the key organisations in the medical profession are not pressing for a review in this area.”
 
Clearly this is far from the truth, as many are talking about the increasing evidence that premature babies can survive earlier and below 24 weeks, and that foetuses can feel pain.
 
Christian Concern For the Nation are urging us to email, fax or write to the Prime Minister to state our support for the stance Mr Cameron has taken, and urge Mr Brown to also commit to lowering the time limit for abortion in the UK.  Personally I would add that we might respectfully suggest a full debate and review be ordered into this whole area.
 
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