Royal College of Midwives: Drop your support for abortion up to birth for any reason
Around the globe, there has been a large backlash against the introduction of a law in New York that has legalised abortion through all 40 weeks of pregnancy - literally up to birth.
Further to this, a district attorney has dropped an unlawful abortion charge for a man who recently killed his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn baby in New York, citing the same new horrific law as the reason for dropping the charge.
The head of the UK’s biggest abortion provider, Ann Furedi, has hailed this new New York abortion law “a breakthrough for choice”.
In an article published this week she writes that the "New York State has just signed into law an abortion-rights bill that is close to what many of us have been campaigning for in the UK...This is pretty much what the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, and other pro-choice organisations that are supporting the #WeTrustWomen campaign, have been asking British politicians to support."
The 'We Trust Women' campaign she refers to is being run by abortion provider BPAS which is headed by Ann Furedi. In her comments at the launch of the We Trust Women campaign she made it very clear about what their goal was: “there should be absolutely no grounds for abortion whatsoever… there should be no legal upper limit, that is what taking it out of the criminal law means.”
Shockingly, this campaign is also being backed by the Royal College of Midwives.
The ex-Head of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, signed her membership up to lobbying for this extreme position without any consultation of the membership.
Polling shows this is way out of line with where the public sit on this issue with only 1% of the population supporting abortion being extended right up to birth. In fact 70% of women believe that the current 24-week gestational limit for abortion should be reduced to 20-weeks or below and 91% of women agree that gender-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law.
Cathy Warwick has now resigned, but the Royal College of Midwives are still signed up as supporters of this extreme position. We are asking the public to sign this petition to the new chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, Gill Walton, asking that the RCM to drop this extreme position.