Shocking new statistics have been produced in England after a pro-life organization won its bid to make some abortion numbers public that the government had failed to disclose concerning abortions on disabled babies.I disagree with the way Life News titled this as "shocking", for this is just a natural and logical outcome to Liberalism. We should expect this kind of thing to happen.
The numbers reveal, thousands of babies victimized by abortion merely because they were mentally or physically disabled — including 500 abortions done on unborn children who have Down syndrome. In total, 2,290 abortions were done on disabled babies with 147 done after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
The London Daily Mail indicates the statistics for England and Wales came after the Department of Health followed a Freedom of Information Request from the Pro Life Alliance, which won a 5-year battle to make the figures public and the figures are the first in over 10 years. The ways in which disabled babies are targeted by abortion makes it clear why the government was reluctant to make them available.
Julia Millington, spokeswoman for the ProLife Alliance, told the newspaper, “This is a great victory for transparency and freedom of speech and we are delighted that full information about the justification for late abortions is now being made available in the same detail as it was in 2001.”
The abortion numbers showed 482 babies aborted who had Down syndrome, including 10 aborted after 24 weeks; 123 babies who died in abortions with the nervous disorder spina bifida; abortions were done on 181 babies who had a club foot or other musculoskeletal problems, including 8 killed after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Seven babies who had cleft palates were victims of abortion.
“The ProLife Alliance is opposed to all abortion at any stage in pregnancy, but terminating the lives of babies at gestational ages when they could survive is always particularly horrifying,” Millington told the newspaper. “We have always argued that if these abortions are permitted under law, there should be no attempt whatsoever to hide details of the numbers or justifications.”
The new figures also include the number of abortions done on girls under the age of 16, and they reveal 3,718 abortions in England on the young teens, including 2,676 on 15-year-olds, 906 on 14-year-olds, 134 on 13-year-olds and two abortions done on 12-year-old girls who are clearly victims of statutory rape.
Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, an abortion business, condemned the release of the figures and claimed the battle waged by the pro-life movement to get them published “reveals little more than their own vindictiveness.”
“Abortion for foetal anomaly is legal. Behind every one of these figures are doctors and nurses who deserve our admiration and support,” she told the Daily Mail.
The government filed a lawsuit with the High Court to keep secret the details concerning late abortions because of fears that individual women having abortions late in pregnancy will somehow be revealed. The Department of Health challenged a decision the Information Tribunal handed down in October 2009 saying freedom of information laws require all of the abortion statistics to be released — and none of them contain any information to identify any people specifically...
Cross posted at Blue Collar Philosophy.