Abortion Foes Fail In Great Britain

A coordinated attack on British abortion laws failed when Parliament rejected one effort after another to declare abortion a crime. The campaign was pushed by many members of the Catholic Church hierarchy who pleaded for an end to abortion. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, used the debate on human fertilization and embryology as a lever in which to end abortion. “The country as a whole is becoming aware that 200,000 or so abortions a year is not only sad but also somehow very wrong.”

Many Parliamentarians were concerned over the use of a debate on scientific research to quietly push through an abortion limit. The House of Commons rejected attempts to reduce the upper limit of 24 weeks as well as throwing out other attempts at restrictng the right to an abortion. Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, summed up the feelings of most members of Parliament. ‘Parliament has made the right decision, regarding women’s rights to access abortion and taking the advice of the medical world about what the appropriate time limit should be.”