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Parliament set to vote on anti-abortion amendments

Issue No. 2268

The attempt by Tory MP Nadine Dorries to attack women’s abortion rights was due to be voted on in parliament on Wednesday of this week.

Alongside Labour MP Frank Field, she was due to put an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill that would strip clinics that offer abortions from providing counselling.

The campaign Abortion Rights reports that over 6,000 people used its web link to send protest messages to their local MP about Dorries’ plans.

Dorries knows that the majority opinion in Britain supports a woman’s right to choose. So she has disguised her motive to appeal to people’s suspicion of big business.

She refers to non-profit making charities like Marie Stopes as “big abortion providers”, claiming they have a financial incentive to persuade women to have abortions.

She even has the nerve to say she is standing up for “choice”.

But her motive is clear—she wants to limit abortion rights.

Under pressure, David Cameron has come out against the amendment. He is worried about the already controversial NHS bill being derailed by the abortion debate. But he has previously stated he believes the time limit for abortions should be cut back.

Labour MP Diane Abbott spoke out against the proposals.

She said, “This is a shoddy, dishonest campaign based on smearing charities and doctors. It [counselling] is a phoney issue.”

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Tue 6 Sep 2011, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2268
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