The horrifying report in today’s Sunday Times that some 80 IVF pregnancies a year are terminated, is particularly shocking given the accepted presumption that an IVF pregnancy is a wanted one.
There is no indication of what formal reasons were given for the abortions in question, but the report suggests that splitting with a partner and pressure to start a family were among some of the justifications put forward.
‘The ProLife Alliance is opposed to all abortions, as every human life is of equal value,’ said a spokesperson for the group. ‘But we, like many others, find something especially distressing in this latest revelation, as the child was originally desired, then rejected.
‘Apart from all other considerations, it is extremely difficult to understand how such reasons for terminating a pregnancy can in any way fulfill the requirements of the Abortion Act. Is this further confirmation that abortion is now virtually on demand in the United Kingdom?
‘It is now more than 5 years since the ProLife Alliance requested from the Department of Health more detailed information about abortion statistics under Ground E (health of baby), a request which eventually reached the Information Tribunal last year. We are still waiting the outcome as this endless legal battle continues between the Information Commissioner and the DoH, the latter determined not to reveal the full reality of why these particular abortions are being performed.
‘Yet again we claim that it is time for an exhaustive Parliamentary inquiry into abortion practice in this country. The public has a right to know the full truth, including why these unfortunate IVF babies were aborted.’