Craig Whittaker MP recently submitted written questions about breaches in abortion law to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s answers make it clear that the Calder Valley MP is barking up the wrong tree.
All the answers show that doctors who terminate pregnancies are totally legit; and that two doctors must certify that, in their opinion, which must be formed in good faith, a request for an abortion meets at least one (and the same) of the grounds laid out in the Abortion Act 1967.
As he represents me (among others) in the House of Commons, I want to know why he’s chosen to bark up this particular tree. I’ve asked him, via Twitter, but have so far received no reply.
Could it be that he was setting out to do a little scaremongering?
(Scaremongering is one of or MP’s favourite accusations, that he often trots out against constituents who oppose the proposed cuts to acute and emergency hospital services in Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield.)
Here are Craig Whittaker’s abortion questions and the answers he received.
The HSA4 form his question refers to is the confidential Abortion Notification Form that the practitioner who terminates a pregnancy has to fill in and send to the Department of Health within 14 days of carrying out the abortion.
In his next question, our MP insinuates that the Abortion Act 1967 is being broken. He must have known that it takes two doctors to authorise an abortion, but here he seems to imply that non-registered medical professionals are authorising abortions. Why? What is his game?
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