Friday, 2 September 2011

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert Fights To Retain Status Quo On Abortion


Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is fighting to retain the right of women considering abortion to make their decisions based on medically accurate information and not biased guidance.
He has tabled an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill which will protect the status quo allowing women to make their choice based on medical evidence.
Julian is worried that if an amendment tabled by MPs Nadine Dorries and Frank Field were to be supported it would open the way for religious based groups opposed to abortion to counsel women and prevent other organisations, such as Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advice Service, from offering counselling.
He said: “Women considering abortion do not do so lightly and they need medically accurate information to help them make their choice; but it has to be their choice and not governed by an organisation which has its own agenda.
“The present system which allows women access to evidence-based guidance works, therefore I cannot see why we need to change it. I do not want to see us opening the door to anti choice organisations which could prevent women making their own decision on such a momentus issue.”
Julian’s amendment is supported by abortion groups. 
Julian’s amendment reads: “the Board must ensure that all organisations offering information or advice in relation to unplanned pregnancy choices must follow current  evidence-based guidance produced by a professional medical organisation specified by the Secreatry of State.”