My local MP has recently been made Women's Equality minister, she has also recently expressed her views on wanting to lower the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, so I wrote her an email expressing my views on the subject.
Dear Maria Miller,
I have recently read in the news that you believe the abortion limit
should be lowered from 24 weeks to 20 weeks.
First of all I cannot believe you think this is the right thing to do.
For one the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
have said there is no medical evidence to justify such a cut.
Women deserve the right to have autonomy over their own bodies, we are
entitled to make the decision to end or continue a pregnancy if that is
what we want to do.
The decision to have an abortion is a difficult one, and is influenced
by many factors, not least by the existing time limits.
If you have your way, women will be rushed into making decisions on
whether to have an abortion.
It is estimated that 47,000 women around the world die each year from
illegal, unsafe abortion. Is this what we want for women in the UK?
Unwanted pregnancy rates need to be targeted by the government, but not
by reducing the abortion time limit.
Improving access to contraception would help deal with the issue.
The Tory government has made many cuts to the NHS since being in
You want to protect the life of an unborn child, but you're getting rid
of the wards for it to be born in and you're laying off the midwives
that will deliver that child.
Where is the sense in that.
So you’re Minister for Women, please be on our side; you describe
yourself as “a very modern feminist” so trust women to make the right
decisions about our own bodies and futures.
If anyone has any views or opinions on the matter and would like to add them, please feel free to leave a comment here or on my twitter. Thanks for reading.