25 June 2007

BMA Ethics Petition

There is growing public unrest about the growing number of abortions and specifically about:

  1. The 24 week upper age limit for abortions – many feel this should be reduced
  2. The fact that abortions for handicap are available up until birth
  3. Doctors being placed under pressure to be involved in abortion
  4. The increasing evidence that abortion has adverse consequences for mental health
  5. The inadequacy of counselling currently available for women seeking abortion
Despite this the British Medical Association (BMA) Ethics Committee is pressing for further liberalisation of the abortion law to allow abortion on request up until twelve weeks.

The BMA is to vote on these proposals at its annual representative meeting in Torquay on Wednesday 27 June.

If you believe that the 1967 Abortion Act should be reviewed in the light of advances in scientific understanding and changes in public opinion and that this should be done in a properly considered, evidence-based way before the BMA considers changing its policy on abortion, then you may wish to sign a petition requesting the BMA to reject the Ethics Committee proposals, calling instead for a properly evidence-based review that involves full consultation with its members and all frontline doctors:

Petition to BMA on Abortion